KL NEWS NETWORK
After CRPF men created mayhem inside Batamaloo area of Srinagar on Saturday morning, it was media personnel who faced irate forces near main Batamaloo chowk.
At least five photo-journalists were beaten and thrashed by armed police.
According locals, huge deployment of CRPF men was made early today. “CRPF men came beating men and women who were busy buying essentials,” a local said, “after thrashing and harassing the people, the CRPF men cut down power supplies and damaged electricity transformers which evoked intense protests from the local populace.”
The local said that the action of CRPF men led to confrontation between locals and the para-military forces but “elders of the area intervened and calmed the situation”.
Soon, as news spread, photo-journalists rushed to cover the events.
“However, armed police which were already deployed at the entry point of Batamaloo from Bus Stand had spread concertina wires and did not allow us to move forward,” a photo-journalist present at the spot told Kashmir Life.
“When we tried to move forward, police men stopped us,” the journalist said. “We have been categorically told not to allow anyone inside,” the cop told the media.
“We showed him the curfew passes issued by District Commissioner,” the journalist said, “but they told us nothing is admissible.”
It irked some media men but they were helpless.
“Meanwhile, a police van came and some cops went to talk to some top cop who was inside the van,” the journalist said, “as soon as the van left, the irate cops came rushing towards us with sticks in hands and we were beaten ruthlessly.”
The journalist said that Mubashir Khan, Jahangir, Umer Asif, Basit Zargar and Aman Farooq were beaten by the forces.