Several Kashmir journalists on Friday accused Jammu and Kashmir police of harassment and barring them from doing their professional duty during a protest in uptown Srinagar.
The journalists alleged that policemen hurled abused them and they were chased. “We went to Hyderpora in the afternoon. There were protests. But police stopped us from covering them. They abused us and also chased us,” Tauseef Mustafa, who works as a photographer with AFP said. He said police forced us to leave the spot.
Another photojournalist, who was also at Hyderpora, said that police men chased the media men without any reason. “We were surprised as if we were criminals. We were just doing our professional job,” he said.
“Had not locals provided us refuge in their houses, police would have thrashed us. We ran for cover and successfully left the area,” said Zubair Dar, who works as a video journalist with Press TV.
Pertinently, on 24 April, police in Kulgam allegedly thrashed two scribes – Farooq Javed and Javed Dar – while they were covering polls.