Kashmir Press Photographers Association (KPPA) Wednesday condemned the thrashing of several photojournalists by two senior Police officers while they were discharging their professional duties, covering a gunfight at Fateh Kadal in Srinagar downtown.
A spokesman of KPPA said two senior Police officers – Superintendent of Police (North City) and Superintendent of Police (Cargo) – used abusive language against the photojournalists while they were covering the Fateh Kadal gunfight and roughed up several of them.
The spokesman termed the behaviour of the two senior Police officer as “brazen” and “uncalled for” and urged the authorities to take immediate action against them.
The spokesman said that the senior Police officers had behaved like “ruffians” and not only came in way of the photojournalists performing their professional obligations but also beat them to pulp and threatened them of life.
The KPPA spokesman said if immediate action was not taken against these two senior Police officers then the photojournalist community would be forced to hit the streets in protest.
Meanwhile, 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.