J&K police registers case against pvt television news channel

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case against a private television news channel for airing a report about alleged desertion in police force in Pulwama district, a report which was vehemently denied by the Government.

The case was registered against "Headlines Today" which had aired a news item about desertion in police force including senior officials in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

The case has been booked under section 500 (defamation), section 505 (2) (circulating rumour or alarming news aimed at creating enmity) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.

When contacted the channels executives in Delhi declined to comment saying they would await full information on the issue.

This is the second case registered against a private television news channel by the Jammu and Kashmir police in less than a month.

Earlier, a case was registered against NewsX for airing a wrong news about death of a person in Pulwama district. This led to a widespread arson in the area leading to injury of a Deputy Superintendent of Police.