Kashmir Protests at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Journalists allegedly assaulted by...

Protests at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Journalists allegedly assaulted by police

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Protests were held inside the historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, after the Mirwaiz was “not allowed leave his residence”.

Initially, the government had said that the cleric and Hurriyat leader is “free” to leave his home.

In multiple videos posted on social media, people can be seen sloganeering.

Meanwhile, some journalists have alleged that they were beaten by the police while performing their professional duties.

In a video, posted to Twitter by freelance journalist Syed Shahriyar, BBC’s Shafat Farooq and freelance journalist Saqib Majeed can be seen arguing with the police.

The duo, along with a journalist from North Kashmir based Kashmir Crown, was allegedly beaten up by the police.

“I was hit with a gun butt in my back by the police while they chased us away from the site”, Shafat said, as quoted by GNS.

“We were dispensing our professional duties however soon after a police party chased us and one of them caught me by my collar, slapped me several times and even dragged me on the road”, Saqib, who also happens to be a recipient of Wisden MCC ‘Photograph of the Year Award’ told GNS.

In the video shared by Shahriyar on Twitter, a police officer says “ I was telling telling you to go”.

(With GNS inputs)

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