Former Chief Minister Condemns Assault on Scribe

Aakash Hassan | File Photo

Srinagar: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday condemned the highway assault on a young Kashmiri scribe.

"Unacceptable & disgraceful to see JKP officers assault journalists," Mehbooba tweeted. "They act with impunity knowing all too well that they will get away with it. Hope IG Vijay Kumar ji takes strict action against this policeman @JmuKmrPolice."

Earlier, freelance journalist Aakash Hassan shared details of the assault on his twitter handle evoking condemnations.

“I was on way to home when at Sangam I got stuck in a massive traffic jam," Aakash, who hails from South Kashmir's Anantnag district, said. "Meanwhile, cops from J&K police arrived to clear the traffic. A sub inspector named Zahid and his PSO came in front of my car and slapped and beat me up with batons."

After the newsman's tweet triggered a massive online outpouring, Anantnag Police issued an official version of the event from their twitter handle.

"Cognisance taken. Circumstances that led to this being looked into. During rush evening hours,a loaded truck got stuck due to mechanical fault on Sangam bridge leading to heavy traffic jamming.Been working hard to clear it.Request all to cooperate with police & avoid confrontation," police said.

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