Soldiers ‘Thrash’ Journalists During ‘Jashn-e-Baramulla’ Festival


Baramulla: At least three journalists were allegedly beaten up by army men during the festival of ‘Jashn-e-Baramulla’ on Friday in which Bollywood Actress Amisha Patel was the chief guest.

As per the eyewitnesses, the function was going well until the scribes, while performing their professional duty asked to get a byte from Bollywood actress Amisha Patel.

However, as per the journalists, the army officials allegedly started beating them without any reason.

The three journalists that were allegedly beaten include Suhail Khan, online editor Kashmir Despatch, Kashmir Crown reporter Ashiq Mir and a Mudasir Malla whose camera was also damaged in the incident.

Soon after the incident, journalists boycotted the event and staged a protest against the army.

Meanwhile, a senior army official in a statement assured that action will be taken against the soldier involved in the incident.

“This is an unfortunate incident which should not have happened in the first place,” the statement reads.

The officer assured protesting journalists that a team will be constituted to inquire about the incident

KPC Demands Action Against Guilty

Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Friday demanded an inquiry into the alleged thrashing of three journalists by the Army during a function in Baramulla district and asked the force to take stern action against those found guilty.

Journalists covering the function, ‘Jashn-e-Baramulla’, organised by the Army in the north Kashmir district — where Bollywood actor Amisha Patel was the chief guest — alleged that the scribes were abused and at least three of them were thrashed by the soldiers.

The Kashmir Press Club notes with concern the incident that has taken place with three video journalists during an event in north Kashmir today and calls for a probe into the matter, the club said in a statement.

It said the club received several calls by the anguished local journalists that the scribes were thrashed by soldiers while covering the function.

As per them, the incident took place without any provocation when they were trying to get a sound byte of the Bollywood actor on the sidelines of the function, the KPC said.

The club terms the incident very unfortunate and urges the Army authorities to inquire into the matter and take stern action against those found guilty, the statement said.  (With KNO Inputs)

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