Srinagar: A Kashmiri Pandit journalist, Aditya Raj Koul, on Sunday morning ranted about a stone pelting incident in Srinagar which had never taken place.
Kaul, associate editor at The Republic TV, peddled lies by claiming that stone-pelters had attacked a CRPF vehicle at Bemina in Srinagar and it had later met an accident injuring several personnel.
He tweeted: “Bad news to begin Sunday morning. CRPF vehicle carrying 28 Jawans from HQs to convoy grounds attacked by fringe stone pelters in Bemina of Srinagar. 7 with grevious injuries rushed to 92 Base Hospital, rest with minor injuries at SKIMS (Bemina). Tragic. Ramzan Ceasefire gift?”
The mishap had occurred as the driver of the vehicle carrying CRPF personnel had “lost control” over the vehicle.
Kaul’s claims were busted by the Jammu and Kashmir when Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray said that “based on CCTV camera footage it is clear that there was no stone pelting in the area and the mishap occurred as the CRPF driver lost control over the vehicle.”
“The CCTV footage was procured and it is clearly seen that the driver lost control which resulted in the mishap,” SSP Srinagar Ismail Parray said, adding that “19 troopers were injured in the road accident.”
Kaul in a subsequent tweet related to the same incident, said: “This is what fringe mobster stone pelters did to #CRPF Jawans by throwing stones at their vehicle which turned turtle early this morning in Bemina of Srinagar, Kashmir. J&K Govt not helping brave forces in Kashmir. Is this what they want to achieve by Ramzan Ceasefire in J&K?”
He accused the local government of not helping CRPF troopers and put a question mark on Ramzan ceasefire.