Kashmir Indepth

Omar, Mehbooba react sharply over thrashing of journos by police in Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 17 (KINS ) Reacting sharply over alleged thrashing of media persons by police in the summer capital, Srinagar, former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – said that these people were simply doing their jobs.

Mr Abdullah, who is the Vice President of National Conference (NC), said that it is very unfortunate to see J&K police personnel mercilessly thrashing journalists in Srinagar. “These people were simply doing their jobs – reporting the news. They don’t make the news & they don’t engineer events to create the story,” Mr Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

The former chief minister hoped that Lt Governor Manoj Sinha will ensure no repeat.

Ms Mehbooba, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that (national) media is spending hours debating the human tragedy and unfolding crisis in Afghanistan.

She said will they (national media) speak up for their own community in Kashmir who were beaten to pulp today by security forces for doing their job?

Scores of journalists were on Tuesday thrashed by police while they were covering a Muharram procession, which was foiled by forces at Jehangir Chowk in Srinagar. The photos and videos of the thrashing of media persons have gone viral on social media and attracting criticism from all sections of society, including politicians.


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