SRINAGAR — In a surprising development, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has booked Bandipora correspondent of news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Sajid Raina, over a WhatsApp status showing 20 children who died in a boat capsize incident on May 30, 2006, at Wular Lake as ‘martyrs’.
Sajid Raina received a call from Police Station Bandipora informing him that an FIR has been lodged against him for his WhatsApp status that showed 20 children who died in Wular Lake boat capsize incident on May 30, 2006, as ‘martyrs’.
“I was shocked to hear that an FIR has been lodged for keeping a simple WhatsApp status about 20 children who died on May 3, 2006, when their boat capsized in Wular Lake. This is really shocking. I don’t know what was wrong with my WhatsApp status,” he said.
Meanwhile, KNO has stated that it apprised the top officials of police about the issue. However, there was no response at all.
The news agency has urged the Kashmir Press Club, Editors Guild and other media organisations to take note of the issue, as the journalists in the peripheral areas are being harassed day-in and day-out on one pretext or the other.
Earlier, a few days back, KNO’s copy editor was also called to Police Station Bandipora for a tweet about the shifting of an Oxygen plant and non-functionality of ventilators at District Hospital Bandipora (Level-III COVID-19 Care Facility).
The editor was made to stay at the police station for hours together and was questioned over the tweet. (KNO)