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Two ‘journalists’ arrested for blackmailing teachers in Handwara

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Srinagar: Two self-proclaimed journalists were arrested along with Rs 15,000 bribe by police in north Kashmir’s Handwara on Saturday, officials said.

A police spokesman said that on October 08, Police Station Kralgund received a written complaint from a teacher posted at GMS School Chitrahaal stating that two self-styled journalists — Irfan Ahmad, son of Abdul Khaliq Malik, resident of Humpora, and Iqbal Ahmed, son of Ghulam Mohidin Sheikh, resident of Panditpora, had entered their school premises, interacted with students and had started asking them questions, while recording the same on video.

Thereafter, the complaint stated that the two individuals started demanding money from the teachers of the school in lieu of not uploading the videos highlighting the alleged poor learning outcomes of the students on social media and news groups.

According to the police spokesman, based on the complaint, case (FIR no. 85/2022) under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Kralgund.

The accused duo was arrested and the extorted money amounting to Rs 15,000 has been recovered from their possession. Further investigation is underway, reads the police statement.


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