Journalist Sajad Gul Bailed Out

SRINAGAR: A court in Bandipora on Saturday granted bail to journalist Sajad Gul, who was arrested on January 5 by Jammu and Kashmir police.

Sajad Gul

According to reports, the court of Judicial Magistrate in Sumbal Bandipora granted the bail to Gul.

However, it was not immediately confirmed if he reached home or not. The story will be updated as soon as details will be available.

Gul, a journalism student was arrested for posting a video of protest following the killing of Salim Parray, a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) militant on social media platforms.

Earlier, a police spokesman in a statement said that Gul operates a Twitter account and always tweets against the government. “Sajad Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohd Dar, a resident of Shahgund Hajin in north Kashmir’s Bandipora, “so-called journalist”, operates a Twitter account in the name of Sajad Gull and is always propagating against the government and uploads tweets not based on facts in order to provoke the people against Govt and to spread animosity, ill will among the people & against the Nation,” read the statement.

As per police, during the encroachment drive carried out by Revenue Department last year in Sajad’s native village, “he instigated the locals against the said lawful drive as a result of which the officials were restrained in discharging their legitimate official duties”.

A case FIR No. 12/2021 U/S 147, 447, 336, 353/IPC was registered against him and after producing charge-sheet the case is subjudice in the court of JMIC Sumbal.

The statement further said that Gul “was also involved in spreading disinformation campaign through fake tweets/narratives regarding recent anti-militant operation in Gundjahangeer in which one local militant namely Imtiyaz Ahmad was eliminated, thereby trying to provoke the locals against the Army and Police”.

A case FIR No. 79/2021 U/S 120B, 153B, 505/IPC stands registered against him which is under investigation, police said.

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