Srinagar: A Kashmiri journalist was physically assaulted by Jammu and Kashmir police personnel in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday evening.
The journalist, Aakash Hassan, said that he was physically assaulted by police personnel while he was on his way to his home in Anantnag from Srinagar.
I was just beaten up by JKP cops at Sangam while I was on way home and they were cleaning traffic.
A sub inspector named Zahid and his one PSO came in front of my car and slapped and beat me up by batons—and the barrage of abuses. pic.twitter.com/3azazpO16S
— Aakash Hassan (@AakashHassan) July 17, 2021
Aakash, a freelance journalist, also took to his Twitter handle and wrote: “I was just beaten up by JKP cops at Sangam while I was on way home and they were cleaning traffic. A sub inspector named Zahid and his one PSO came in front of my car and slapped and beat me up by batons—and the barrage of abuses,” (Sic).
He said that he was on his way home from Srinagar to Fatehpur in Anantnag and got stuck in a traffic jam, however, after spending over half an hour there, he was simply following the vehicle which was before him.
“Suddenly a sub-inspector rank officer and his PSO started beating me and after I told them that I am a journalist, but they didn’t stop and I got hit on my nose and hand,” he said, adding that he was on way to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Anantnag Police on its Twitter handle responded to Aakash’s tweet and said that cognizance of the incident has been taken.
“Cognisance taken. Circumstances that led to this being looked into. During rush evening hours, a loaded truck got stuck due to mechanical fault on Sangam bridge leading to heavy traffic jamming. Been working hard to clear it. Request all to cooperate with police & avoid confrontation,” Police said.