Black Blacklisted From Assembly?

 Srinagar – Shaken by yesterday’s intrusion, assembly security on Tuesday barred a local journalist entry at least twice for wearing a black shirt.

Imtiyaz Ahmad, a reporter with a Srinagar-based Urdu daily was stopped at the assembly gates with security men saying that they were under orders not to allow in anyone wearing black.

“I was shocked when they stopped me because of the colour of my shirt,” Ahmad said. “They refused to listen when I showed my identity card saying that I was authorised to cover the proceedings.”

The incident comes a day after a youth in black, who had a valid pass to enter the assembly, stormed into the well of the house raising slogans against the government.

Ahmed said he had to face a tough time convincing the security staff to let him in.

“I told them that I was ready to handover the shirt. After some other colleagues of mine assembled, one of the senior security officers let me in. Inside the assembly building, I again faced a similar behaviour from the security staff,” he said.

Police officials, however refused to comment, calling it a matter pertaining to the House rules


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