SRINAGAR: The police on Friday barred media persons including photojournalists from performing their professional duties in Habba Kadal area of old Srinagar, on the pretext that presence of media persons instigates protests.
Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA) members said that the station house officer (SHO) of Kralkhud police station and his cops did not allow them to cover the protests in Habba Kadal area. The police barred entry into the area where pro¬tests were going on.
“The SHO mislead us by saying that there were no protests going on in the area,” photojour¬nalist Xuhaib Maqbool said. “You people flock together to start protests in the city,” the SHO said.
Another photojournalist Aman Farooq said they were first allowed to cover the protests but suddenly a CRPF man asked the photographers to vacate for the area citing the instructions from the police officer (SHO).
The in-charge police officer of the area even attempted to deviate the media attention from the troubled area. “If any protests take place I will send you its photographs through whattsapp,” he was quoted as saying by one of the photojournalists present in the area.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwiaz Umar Farooq condemned the assault on journalists while terming it “highly