Jammu & Kashmir

KPC demands probe over army physically assaulting journalists, damaging equipment

Srinagar: The Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Friday expressed concern over the incident that took place with three video Journalists during an event in north Kashmir today and called for a probe into the matter.

According to the statement, the club received several calls by the anguished local journalists and while giving details of the incident they said that the scribes were thrashed by soldiers while covering the Jashn-e-Baramulla function, organised by the Army authorities, wherein Bollywood actor Amisha Patel was the chief guest.

As per them, the incident took place without any provocation when they were trying to get a sound byte of the Bollywood actress on the sidelines of the function, the statement said.

The club termed the incident very unfortunate and urged the Army authorities to inquire into the matter and take stern action against those found guilty.

Earlier in the day, journalists from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district staged a protest demonstration against armed forces personnel for allegedly “thrashing” them during an army event in the district.

Scores of the protesting journalists said that army has physically assaulted them when they had gone to cover the army sponsored event Jeshan-e-Baramulla in the district.

They said that after covering the event when media persons were about to take interview of Bollywood actress Amesha Patell, an army officer appeared on spot and “misbehaved” with the journalists.

“The army man then physically assaulted news correspondent of ETV Bharat Ashiq Mir, Sheikh Dawood of AajTak/DDK, senior correspondent Kashmir Despatch Suhail Khan, said one of the protesting journalists, adding that the camera of one of the journalists Mudasir Ahmad of News Network 18 was also damaged by him.

The protesting journalists have demanded stern action against the erring armed forces personnel.

Meanwhile, a senior army official in a statement has assured action against the armed forces personnel and termed the incident “unfortunate”.

In this regard, Baramulla Working Journalist Association and North Kashmir Journalists Association have strongly condemned the “attack” on journalists and urged the top army brass to initiate an inquiry into the matter.


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