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#JournalismIsNotACrime: Armed forces ‘physically assault’ photojournalists near gunfight site in Pulwama

A screen grab of the video

Srinagar: Three Kashmiri photojournalists, were physically assulted by the armed forces personnel, when they were covering a gunfight which broke out in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday morning.

Kamran Yousuf, Reshi Irshad and Faisal Bashir, were first chased by the policemen and subsequently “beaten up severely.”

In the incident, Kamran has received injuries. As seen in the video viral on social media now, armed forces personnel assault Kamran with a baton as he runs towards the safer place.

The video was perhaps shot by one of his colleague as Kamran can be seen running towards the camera.

“My camera was damaged when a posse of armed forces personnel chased us and started beating without any reason,” said Reshi Irshad, adding, this is not the first time that police have used force on them while they were offering their professional duties.

Earlier in 2017, Kamran was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India and released after seven months.

The gunfight between militants and armed forces personnel in Marval area of Kakapora Pulwama broke out this morning and is still underway.

 

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