J&K police thrash photojournalists at Srinagar gunfight site, KPC, KNTJA condemn

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police personnel on Wednesday allegedly thrashed photojournalists in Srinagar while they were performing their professional duties near the gunfight site at Fateh Kadal.

Photojournalists said that the cops of Jammu and Kashmir police thrashed photojournalists working with different media organizations while they were performing their duties near the gunfight site.

“While we were clicking pictures of the gunfight site, a group of STF and SoG came and started beating us,” he said. The incident has left many photojournalists injured.

Kashmir Press Club (KPC) and Kashmir National Television Journalists Association have condemned the thrashing of journalists by the police.

“Many reporters and photojournalists were beaten up while they were delivering their professional duties this morning. One of the injured journalists is also a member of the executive team of KPC,” said a spokesman of the KPC, in a statement.

“It is also being reported that the thrashing took place right in front of senior police officers. The KPC has expressed shock over this behavior by the forces. It hopes that the state administration will take a note of this and act,” said the statement.

KNTJA in a statement condemned the thrashing of Journalists at the encounter site in Srinagar.

“Journalists were beaten up for performing their professional duties. Some of the members of the fraternity have been injured. This is a simple case of Highhandedness of the security forces. And members have said that the thrashing happened right in front of the officers of the force. KNTJA stands with our Journalist fraternity and asks State administration to take strong action with regard to this incident,” the statement said.