Journalist Asif Sultan sent to judicial custody in central jail for 15 days

Journalist Asif Sultan sent to judicial custody in central jail for 15 days
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Srinagar: The court of City Munsif Srinagar on Saturday sent journalist Asif Sultan and three others to 15 days’ judicial custody in Central Jail Srinagar till September 22, and granted the police custody of a female accused till September 15, over a militancy-related case registered in Batamaloo police station.
All the five accused, namely Asif Sultan, M Shafiq Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Waseem Ahmad Khan and Shahziya Jan, were produced in the court of the City Munsif Srinagar today.
According to police, journalist Asif Sultan, resident of Firdousabad Batamaloo, was arrested by Police Station Batamaloo on August 31 in case FIR No 173/2018.
Two applications were moved for the remand of the accused before the court. In the first application, police prayed for judicial custody of the four male accused, which the court accepted and ordered their judicial custody in Central Jail Srinagar till Sept 22.
The second application was moved for seeking police remand of the female accused, Shahziya Jan, which was granted by the court till September 15.
Asif Sultan, assistant editor with monthly newsmagazine Kashmir Narrator, was picked up from his home by police six days before he was formally arrested, his family has said. He was not produced before court during these six days, his family has said.
As per police, they carried out searches in Sultan’s home and seized “incriminating material” which establishes his complicity in “harbouring known terrorists”.
Decrying the “illegal detention” of Sultan, the Kashmir Working Journalist Association, the Kashmir Journalist Association, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Indian Journalist Union (IJU), and the Kashmir Editors’ Guild (KEG) have all called for his immediate release.
Counsel for the accused, Advocate Mir Urfi, said that the accused have been implicated on false evidence. He said the bail process for some of the accused has been initiated.