J&K: Scribes covering protests beaten up, detained
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Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011, 20:44
  
Srinagar: Three journalists were allegedly thrashed by police and CRPF personnel and another was detained while covering protests in the old city here.

Shahid Tantray, a photojournalist working for Dainik Bhaskar, was detained at Nowhatta police station while he was covering a protest in the old city.

Nowhatta police station SHO Iqbal Shah confirmed Tantray was detained during protests but did not say the journalists were beaten up too.

Two photojournalists and a video journalist were admitted to a hospital after they were allegedly thrashed by police and CRPF personnel while they were covering the protests in Saraf Kadal locality of the city.

Umer Mehraj, who works as a videojournalist for Associated Press Televison News (APTN), Yawar Kabli and Showkat Shafi -- both freelance photojournalists, were rushed to SKIMS hospital Soura after suffering bouts of vomiting.

Talking to agncy over the phone from hospital, one of the injured journalists said, they were "ruthlessly" beaten by CRPF and police while parking a motorcycle.

"There was a protest and just when we reached there and were parking our motorcycle, police and CRPF started ruthlessly beating us with sticks and rifle butts," the injured photojournalist said.

Kashmir Photojournalists Association (KPA) has condemned the attack on the scribes.

In August, two photojournalists, including a foreign national Narciso Contreras working for California-based Zuma Press were allegedly detained and beaten by the CRPF and police while they were covering a demonstration at the Nowhatta locality in the Old City.

Protests had erupted in parts of Srinagar's old city after hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for a shutdown and protests against the detention of minors in Kashmir valley today.

The injured journalist said the videocamera belonging to APTN's Mehraj was smashed by the police personnel.

Superintendent of Police (North City) Showket Shah said he has no knowledge of the incident.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011, 20:44


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