Cars Smashed At Press Enclave During Night Time

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Miscreants damage windshields of vehicles

SRINAGAR — Unknown persons damaged three cars parked inside Sri­nagar’s high-security Press Enclave on Wednesday night, reports said.

Rear windshields of two cars, including an SUV, belonging to se­nior journalist Altaf Hussain and his son, were smashed during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, police sources said.

According to Altaf Hussain, the windshields of cars were broken and the attackers made their way inside his car and searched the glove compartment. “Nothing has been stolen from the car but the documents were searched,” he said, seeking answers from the Police.

“Who did it we don’t know. But one thing is significant. Only six weeks before prominent journalist Shujaat Bukhari was killed in Press Enclave. Security was beefed up at Press Enclave after his killing. We were told that a vehicle of flying squad of the police would guard the colony from 8pm to 8 am next morning. Either all this happened in their presence or they were not present here. It is a major security breach. We need answers,” he said.

Hussain said that his colleagues are also worried about their safety after this incident. “I have been get­ting phone calls from my colleagues. They are all worried. Breaking windshield and managing entry inside the cars would have taken at least half an hour for the assailants. During this time, they could have done anything,” he said.

He said the incident gives an impression that the press enclave isn’t safe anymore.

Hussain wondered who would be behind the incident in an area which witnessed a high profile murder barely six weeks earlier.

A report quoting Senior Superin­tendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Imti­yaz Ismail Parrey said that Police has taken cognizance of the incident. “We are investigating the case,” he said.

It is noteworthy that senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by gunmen at the Press Enclave on June 14 this year.

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