FIR against Hindi dailies for showing Jammu man as slain Lashkar militant

FIR against Hindi dailies for showing Jammu man as slain Lashkar militant

Bandipora: Police on Monday filed an FIR under Sections 505 and 153 of the RPC against two Hindi dailies – Dainik Jagran and Amar Ujala – for publishing photographs of a Jammu youth showing him as Osama Jhangvi, the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant killed in Hajin on Saturday.

Explaining the reason for filing the FIR, a police officer in Hajin said, “Kashmir is a fragile state and such acts put a question mark on the credibility of the police department.”

He added, “Many senior citizens and locals were concerned after the news report about the Jammu man’s killing. It was creating a sense of deep anguish among locals.” The two Hindi dallies had published on their front page images of Majid Khatana, a resident of Khatika Tala area of Jammu, showing him as Owaid alias Osama Jhangvi, nephew of the alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Reportedly, Khatana had asked for an investigation into the matter after his photographs were published.

The police officer in Hajin said, “We will investigate the sources (of the newspapers) for society to know the reason and truth behind publishing a local man’s photograph.”

He said the identity of all the six militants killed in Hajin had been properly ascertained and verified.



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