Srinagar: The special court of National Investigation Agency (NIA) will hear the case of Kashmiri photo-journalist, Kamran Yousuf, on February Ist, 2018.
Uncle of Kamran, Irshad Ahmad, told the Kashmir Reader over phone from New Delhi that the court of Poonam A Bamba, set the next date of hearing in Kamran’s case on Ist of February. Kamran is being detained in Rouhani jail Delhi, since NIA is alleging that he is involved in stone pelting.
“The judge did not give her order after NIA filed its objections against Kamran’s bail,” a source said, “we were expecting that the court order will come today but it has not happened. It seems the order on bail will come next week now.”
Early on Thursday, Ahmad along with a friend of Kamran met the 20-year-old photo-journalist in the jail. “Kamran said he was clean and had nothing to worry,” his friend quoted him saying, “but Kamran said: it remains unseen when I shall be free as it is not in my hands.”
The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes and Kamran spoke to through intercom.
“I miss my friends,” his uncle quoted Kamran as having said. “Every time I think someone will come to meet me.”
Ahmad said that when Kamran saw his friend, he broke down. “Only your prayers can help me to get free from the jail,” Kamran told his friend.
Kamran was arrested on September 05, 2017 from his native town of Pulwama in south Kashmir by J&K police and was later handed over to NIA which is probing an alleged funding case “for subversive activities in J&K”.
He applied for bail on November 17 and the court heard his counsel’s arguments on December 14 and NIA subsequently filed its objections on January 03.
The bail order was expected to come today but it did not happen.
The court has been told that Kamran only covered protests and stone-pelting incidents as a professional journalist does. The court was told that Kamran also covered functions hosted by the Indian army and those held by state authorities.
The young photo-journalist shot to fame during 2016 public uprising after he went on the spots where protests were held and his photos and videos went viral.