Author Basharat Peer Stopped, Freed At Srinagar Airport

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

Curfewed Night author Basharat Peer and Contributing Editor of the Caravan magazine was stopped at Srinagar airport by police. He was on his way home from Delhi and was soon asked by airport police not to move out.

Basharat Peer told KL that he clicked a couple of photographs of the fascinating clouds somewhere between Jammu and Banihal. A co-passenger, who identified himself as a cop objected to it saying it compromises ‘national security’. It triggered an argument mid-air.

After the aircraft landed, unidentified co-passenger complained to the airport police. Peer was stopped for nearly half an hour. However, after the cops and airlines authorities saw the pictures that were shot by Peer midair, they said there was nothing objectionable and they allowed him to go home.

Photography on the airports is banned by law. But there is no such bar on photography midair.

The co-passenger was identified as P S Sandhu, an IGP in BSF, who was also flying to Srinagar in the Indigo aircraft.

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