Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmiri journalist arrested, charged for ‘criminal conspiracy’

Sajad Gul. [Photo: Twitter/SajadGul]

Srinagar: A Kashmiri journalist, Sajad Gul, has been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police.

The arrest was made days after he posted a video of family members raising slogans after the killing of their kin, a militant, in a military operation in Srinagar.

Gul, a journalism student who has been contributing to various media outlets and currently reports for The Kashmir Walla, had posted a video of the protest against the killing of Salim Parray, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander on social media. After the killing of Parray, minor protests and sloganeering were reported in the area.

Gul was detained in an Army raid on Wednesday and was later handed over to the police.

The charges against Gul are 120B (party to criminal conspiracy), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), and 505B (fear or alarm to the public) sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Earlier, the journalist told article 14, that he is already facing many other charges.

On 1 December 2021, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists, tweeted that it was concerned about Gul’s repeated harassment by police.

“Amid ongoing police harassment in retaliation for his journalistic work, CPJ reiterates its call on authorities to drop their investigation into Gul and allow him to report without interference,” said CPJ.


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