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KWJA expresses concern over police harassment of journalists

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Srinagar: The Kashmir Working Journalists Association (KWJA) has expressed concern about the repeated incidents of ‘harassment and thrashing of journalists by the police’.

A spokesman of the Association, in a statement, said that in the second incident in the past two weeks, a young journalist, Kaiser Andrabi, was thrashed inside police station Fateh Kadal on May 31, when the scribe had gone there to collect his identity card, which was withheld earlier that day during a routine checking of motorcycles at a police checkpoint.

“The officer and his subordinates at the police station, as per Andrabi, humiliated him for his attire. They slapped him which led to bleeding of lips and beat him with rifle butt as well. He was also forced to sign a blank document and threatened that a case would be registered against him,” alleged the spokesman.

The spokesman has asked the authorities to take action against the police officials involved in this incident.

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