JK Police Questions 2 Journalists Over JKLF Statement

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SRINAGAR – The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday questioned 2 journalists for reporting the statement of banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front (JKLF) which called for a shutdown in the Valley on February 9 and 11.

Naseer Ahmad Ganie, who works for the Outlook magazine and Haroon Nabi, who works for local news gathering agency CNS, were called for questioning on Saturday, said a media report.

The journalists in question had carried the JKLF statement of the shutdown call on February 9 and 11 on the death anniversaries of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.

While February 9 marks the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, February 11 is the anniversary of the hanging of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.

The Yasin Malik-led JKLF was banned by the centre in March last year under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or UAPA. Yasin Malik had been detained at Srinagar Airport a month earlier and booked under the Public Safety Act. He has been in Delhi’s Tihar Jail since.

Journalists’ groups in the Kashmir have criticised the action, calling it harassment and alleging the cops were defining what they could and could not report. Some journalists met the police yesterday to seek release of their colleagues

In a statement on Saturday, J&K Police said that they have registered a case against JKLF for “attempts to incite violence and disturb law and order situation in the Valley.”

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