Srinagar: The Kashmir Editors’ Guild (KEG) demanded a quick and time-bound investigation into the pellet firing by government forces on four journalists in Shopian on Tuesday. The editors’ body strongly condemned the use of pellets against journalists who were performing their professional duties in covering the protests near the encounter site in Shopian.
In a statement, the KEG said, “A battery of journalists was covering the protests near Shirmal on the Srinagar-Shopian highway when they were asked by the police to pass. When they were moving, the cops fired pellets and hit four of them: Waseem Andrabi, Junaid Gulzar, Mir Burhan, and a reporter Nisar ul Haq. The injured were driven by their colleagues to the nearby hospital for first-aid.”
The KEG added, “This is not for the first time that the law enforcing agencies have used force against the media persons when they were covering the events on the streets within and outside Srinagar. This has become a routine.”
It said that every time the issue is brought to the notice of authorities, the media fraternity is promised that they will investigate the issue.
“It has rarely happened that action was initiated against anyone for violating the basic conduct vis-a-vis media. Already one photo-journalist has lost an eye to pellets in Srinagar. While police is issuing statements on every single incident from detaining gamblers to seizing Fukki, it avoided even mentioning the incident in (their) routine daily statement,” the KEG said.