Srinagar: On October 16, Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmad Khan told mediapersons in Srinagar that the freelance photographer, Kamran Yousuf, who has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on allegations of involvement in stone pelting, has “two-three FIRs” registered against him.
However, police chief, Pulwama, Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam contradicted Khan’s claims, saying there is no case registered against Yousuf, according to a report in the Indian Express on Tuesday.
Khan had claimed that actually JK police had arrested Kamran on charges of stone pelting before handing him over to the NIA. “There are two-three FIRs registered against Yousuf,” Khan said, adding that the photojournalist was arrested for “stone pelting and organising stone-pelting incidents”.
“…[There] are certain FIRs registered against others where we are trying to establish if he had any role. That is being verified. We are investigating a video uploaded by him of [the Indian flag] being burnt by protestors in Kareemabad village [of Pulwama district],” the SSP was quoted as having said.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader, Aslam said that there is only one case registered against Yousuf for uploading a video of “tri-colour burning” on Facebook.
“There is no other cases(s) directly registered against him but, yes, his involvement in other stone-pelting incidents that have occurred in and around his locality since July 8 (2016) is being ascertained and it is the matter of investigation,” he said.
According to him, the NIA has their own evidence against Kamran, and that has nothing to do with the cases filed by the police. “We are carrying out our own investigation separately,” he said.
Quoting NIA PRO Alok Mittal, the daily reported that Kamran was arrested as “his name surfaced in the investigation of a terror-funding case”. “We came to know later that he is also working as a photojournalist,” he said.
Kamran, who freelanced as a photojournalist from Pulwama district in south Kashmir, was flown to Delhi on September 5 by the NIA, which is probing an alleged case of funding to the resistance camp in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Press Council of India (PCI) has already taken suo motu cognizance of the case and has asked the investigating agency and the government here to furnish details as to why the photojournalist was arrested. However, the NIA was yet to respond to the PCI notice.