Srinagar journalists demonstrate against police action on colleagues at anti-CAA protest, call for end to harassment of scribes

Journalists in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar protested on Wednesday against the alleged police action on their colleagues while they were covering a student protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

Press Trust of India December 18, 2019 19:40:24 IST
Srinagar journalists demonstrate against police action on colleagues at anti-CAA protest, call for end to harassment of scribes
  • Jammu and Kashmir media persons assembled outside the office of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations in Srinagar and called for an end to harassment of journalists

  • Journalists in the city protested on Wednesday against the alleged police action on their colleagues while they were covering a student protest against the amended citizenship law

  • Two journalists, who were covering a student protest against the amended Citizenship Act on Tuesday, were targeted by Superintendent of Police (north city) Sajad Shah and his subordinate Rashid Khan even when they disclosed their identity

Srinagar: Journalists in the city protested on Wednesday against the alleged police action on their colleagues while they were covering a student protest against the amended citizenship law.

Carrying placards, the media persons assembled outside the office of the Directorate of Information and Public Relations here and called for an end to their harassment while discharging their duties.

Srinagar journalists demonstrate against police action on colleagues at antiCAA protest call for end to harassment of scribes

A security jawan stands guard during a shutdown in Srinagar. PTI

According to a statement issued by the Kashmir Press Club, two journalists, who were covering a student protest against the amended Citizenship Act on Tuesday, were targeted by Superintendent of Police (north city) Sajad Shah and his subordinate Rashid Khan even when they disclosed their identity.

"They did not stop at this and hurled the choicest abuse, according to Azaan Javaid and Anees Zargar. All this is recorded in a video which also corroborates the version given by the duo from the circumstances. It appears that the two journalists were deliberately targeted," the statement said.

The Kashmir Press Club said it has taken serious note of this incident and accordingly took up the matter with senior police authorities and the Department of Information.

A delegation led by press club vice president Moazum Mohammad on Wednesday met Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal at his office.

"The SSP assured the delegation of strong action against the alleged accused. He told the delegation that a departmental inquiry has been ordered and the SP headquarters has been asked to hold a time-bound inquiry and submit his report within 10 days and accordingly fix the responsibility," the statement added.

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