3 journalists beaten up by Indian troop

Indian forces subjected photojournalist, Kamran Yousuf, along with two other journalists, to brutal torture in Pulwama district.

The journalists were covering an ongoing cordon and search operation, launched by Indian troops in Kakapora area of the district, in the morning.

Talking about the incident, Kamran Yousuf said, “Sub Divisional Police Officer Kakapora and policemen accompanying him chased me and started beating with batons.” Two other journalists were also beaten up. In a purported video of the incident, a forces’ personnel can be seen beating up Yousuf with batons as he runs on a sideway. Fearing grave injuries, Yousuf was en route to a hospital for a medical checkup when this report was filed.

Kamran Yousuf was earlier detained in 2017 by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) for seven months. In February 2020, he was again picked up by the forces in a night raid on the charge of handling a Twitter account.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Press Club and Kashmir Editors’ Guild in their statement condemned the use of force against the journalists. They asked the authorities to aloe the media persons in performing their professional duties freely.

On the other hand, Indian police during a crackdown operation arrested five youth and robbed them of 6 lakh rupees in Pulwama and Ganderbal districts.