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Threat to journalists: Police raids 7 locations in 3 districts

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Srinagar: Police on Thursday carried out raids at seven locations in three districts of Kashmir valley in connection with a case registered after some journalists received threats online.

“Searches are being carried out in multiple locations in Srinagar, Badgam and Pulwama districts in connection with ‘online journalists threat’ case,” Srinagar police tweeted.

It said the ongoing searches were undertaken following leads received during similar searches a few days ago in the same case.

‘KashmirFight’, an online page used by terror outfits, had released a hitlist of journalists, accusing them of working at the behest of security and intelligence agencies.

At least five local journalists have since resigned from their jobs.

Sharing details of today’s raids, police spokesman in a statement in the evening said that during the course of investigation and on the basis of vital leads obtained from earlier searches conducted on November 19, today the special teams carried out simultaneous searches at seven locations in Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama.

“The premises which were raided today and subsequently searched belong to Showkat Mota in Srinagar, Khaksar Nadeeb Adnan in Srinagar, Haji Hayat in Pampore, Haji Hayat’s office in Srinagar, Ishfaq Reshi in Budgam, Asif Dar (based abroad) and Saqib Magloo in Srinagar. Some among these suspects have been detained for questioning, however, those whose houses were searched earlier are being summoned on daily basis for examination,” police spokesman said.

He said during search, “all the legal formalities and SOPs were followed professionally and incriminating materials including mobiles, computers, laptops, pen drives, sim cards, Jihadi literature, banking documents, dummy gun, US and Russian currency notes were recovered and seized.”

The investigation in the case is going on vigorously and is in an advanced stage.

“General public is requested to cooperate with police and bring any information relevant to this case in the notice of police,” the police spokesman said.

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