Srinagar: Kashmir Reader reporter Saqib Mugloo was beaten up by a group of men at Ahmad Nagar on Thursday when he was returning from Ganderbal where he had gone to cover a story.
He said, “At 3 pm I along with my colleague reached Ahmad Nagar where police and CRPF vehicles had stopped. I stopped at a distance till the forces left the spot. Once they left I started the bike and started riding towards office but suddenly a group of women followed by some men came out from a lane.
The youth carrying sticks thrashed a man riding a scooter. Two youths hurling abuses came meancingly towards me. But as soon as I uttered the words ‘I am from local media’ one of them hit me in the head with a stick. Fortunately the helment bore the brunt. They did not stop.
They again caught hold of me and thrashed me ruthlessly till I fell down. I thought they were going to kill me.
A few elders intervened and took me to a nearby alley. After attacking me, the youth damaged my bike and I heard them shouting, “Zaalwu bike” (torch it). They were abusing me.
Geelani condemns attack on KR reporters
Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani strongly condemned the attack on Saqib.
Another KR reporter, Umar Mushtaq, was also thrashed at Kulgam a few days ago when he was travelling to cover killing of two women and a man in Qazigund.
“Local media is vital for our movement and despite hardships they try to propagate our emotions, pain and agony to the outside world, sometimes at the risk of their lives,” said Geelani in a statement.
He said those who misbehave or manhandle media persons are working for those who are “hellbent on damaging and maligning this movement for their personal petty interests”.
He appealed to youth to have a close vigil in and around and discourage these “obnoxious” elements.