Two self-styled journalists arrested over extortion charges in north Kashmir, says police

Srinagar Jail. [FPK File Photo/Vikar Syed]

Handwara: Two self-styled journalists have been arrested in an extortion case in Kralgund area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday, police said.

An official said that two journalists were arrested in an extortion case following a complaint filed by the management of a school in Qaziabad locality.

He said that they had visited the SSA school Chatarhaal Qaziabad and later tried to extort money from the teachers of the school after they filmed a video of students performing poorly in a mock interview.

“In the name of making the video viral, they were asking Rs 15, 000 as a bribe from the school management, however, the management informed the police and the self-styled journalist were caught red-handed,” he said.

The official identified the duo as Irfan Ahmed Malik son of Bashir Ahmed Malik of Humpora Kralgund and Iqbal Ahmed Shiekh son of Ghulam Mohiudin Sheikh of Pandithpora.

He added that a case FIR No. 85/022 U/S 392, 384 and 506 IPC has been registered in Police Station Kralgund and further investigation has been taken up.


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