SRINAGAR: Farooq Shah, a photojournalist working with a local daily, was allegedly beaten up by policemen, along with several other women, near Barzullah Bridge here on Monday. Farooq was covering a protest demonstration as part of his professional duties when he was beaten up.
Shah has sustained injuries in one of his fingers and his camera was damaged in the incident.
Locals of Barzullah had called for a protest demonstration to demand the body of a militant who was killed by government forces early this month in district Kupwara.
The Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA) condemned the assault by police on Farooq Shah and the damaging of his equipment.
The statement said that Shah was only performing his professional duties while covering the protest at Barzulla. “Seeing Shah capturing a video, the policeman turned and not only roughed him up but also broke his camera to erase the footage,” read the KPPA statement.
“This was a highly condemnable action of the Jammu and Kashmir Police but such incidents would not stop the photojournalist community from performing their duties with professionalism,” the statement said.