The Patiala House Court on Tuesday sent photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and a civilian Javed Ahmad Bhat to judicial custody till 17 October. The duo was produced before Patiala House Court as their 4 days police custody ended today. They were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from South Kashmir–Javaid Ahmed from Kulgam and Kamran Yousuf from Pulwama.
The duo was arrested on September 5 on charges of stone pelting and spreading rumors by the NIA and were taken to New Delhi for interrogation.
Kamran Yousuf, who works as a freelance photo-journalist in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is accused of uploading ‘Provocative ‘video on his Facebook profile while Javaid, a laborer by profession, is accused of instigating violence via WhatsApp.
Earlier on Thursday Press Council of India has taken a suo-motu cognizance regarding the arrest of the Yousuf and has given two weeks time to the respondents to reply to the notice.
The letter addressed to the NIA officials, officials of Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Police said that the matter is prima facie concerned with the freedom of press in the country.
Pertinently, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 10 had assured “all possible help” in the case of Kamran Yousuf.