Army Bans Kashmir Media from Covering Wreath Laying Ceremony

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Lt Gen Satish Dua, GOC of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, laying floral wreath on one of the two slian army personnel on Sunday in Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar. (KL Image by Srinagar based spokesperson.)
Lt Gen Satish Dua, GoC of Srinagar-based Indian Army’s 15 Corps, laying floral wreath on one of the two slain army personnel on Sunday in Badamibagh cantonment in Srinagar. (KL Image by Srinagar based defence spokesperson)

In an apparent disrespect to Kashmir media, the Srinagar based Chinar Corps of Indian army Sunday banned Kashmir based Journalists to cover wreath laying ceremony of two army personnel who were killed in an encounter on Saturday in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The Srinagar based defence spokesperson had invited journalists for “media interaction with GoC Chinar Corps in the honour of the martyrs in Chowkibal”.

Two army personnel were killed while five militants died in an encounter in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday.

The GoC of 15 Corps of Indian army briefed media before laying floral wreath to the deceased army personnel. The media was asked to reach the Badamibagh premises 8:15 AM.  “We reached the cantonment on time braving cold, however, the army banned us from covering the wreath laying ceremony,” a photo journalist said, “the army spokesperson called only PTI, ANI and Doordarshan who were allowed to cover the event.”

When journalists objected to the disrespectful move, the spokesperson replied, “we have orders from Delhi not to allow others to cover the wreath laying ceremony.” “I will send you photos on my own.”

Earlier, speaking to media, the GoC credited its “strong intelligence network” behind killing of a number of militants in past few months. He also said that the five slain militants belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

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