Anantnag: In a case pertaining to alleged thrashing of a photojournalist by CRPF personnel, the Press Council of India (PCI) has served a summons to the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the CRPF, and the JK Police, asking them to appear before a committee.
A complaint regarding his beating by CRPF personnel – on October 9, 2017 – was lodged before the PCI by freelance photojournalist Asif Shafi, a resident of Seer Hamdan in Anantnag district.
“I was leaving to fulfil my professional duties during a shutdown when CRPF personnel intercepted me, thrashed me, and damaged my equipment, including the camera,” Asif told Kashmir Reader.
He said that he registered a case with the PCI in the following days and since then has been receiving regular communication regarding the case from their side.
The PCI on September 5 issued a summons notice in this regard to Chief Secretary, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Secretary Home department, Government of J&K, Director General (DG) of CRPF based in New Delhi, the DG of Police J&K, the SSP Anantnag, and the Director Information and Public Relations, Kashmir, asking them to appear in person or be represented by a counsel.
They have been asked to appear before a committee of the PCI on September 25, 2018, at Soochna Bhavan, Lodhi Road, in New Delhi.
“You may appear before the committee in person or be represented by a counsel/representative, duly authorised in writing,” the PCI notice reads.
The notice is signed by PCI Under-Secretary T Gou Khangin and is dated September 5.