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Photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf gets bail

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Kamran Yusuf

New Delhi, Mar 12: Photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf, arrested by the NIA in September for allegedly encouraging stone pelting and mobilising support against security personnel, was today granted bail by a special court here, officials said.

Without giving further details, the NIA officials confirmed that Yusuf had been granted bail.

He was arrested by the agency on September 5 for allegedly indulging in stone pelting and mobilising support against security personnel through social media.

According to the NIA, Yusuf was allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter insurgency operations.

However, the NIA had failed to substantiate its claim while filing the charge sheet.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had yesterday requested Union Home minister Rajnath Singh to look into the case.

"Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf's case. I've requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined," Mehbooba said on Twitter yesterday.

Kashmir Editors Guild had sought his release, saying his arrest violated the freedom of the press.

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