Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:November 26th, 2011 10:48 EST
Photojournalists Thrashed by Police In India Kashmir

Photojournalists Thrashed by Police In India Kashmir

By Taru Bhatia

New Delhi: Yet another attack by the Indian forces on the media, three journalists were beaten by the security forces in Indian Kashmir on Friday when they were doing their professional duties.

According to the reports, the photojournalist Yawar Kabli, who is a working for Getty images, video-journalist Umar Mehraj working with the Associated Press and Showkat Shafi, who works as a freelancer with Al Jazeera English website, were assaulted by the Indian forces while covering the protest in Srinagar (the summer capital of Indian Kashmir).

Also, Shahid Tantray another photo journalist working with the Indian National Indian daily who was also beaten has been detained at the local police station in Kashmir for further questioning.

The Protest broke out in Indian Kashmir during a routine shutdown call given by the separatist leaders.

Reports also stated that all the photojournalists were critically injured and were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital by the people of the community.

The photojournalists were suffering from vomiting and dizziness and are being kept under doctor`s observation " a doctor told The SOP from Indian Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Associated Press Quoted Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah as saying, he will look into the matter. "

It may be mentioned here that this is not the first time the Indian forces roughed up media persons in Indian Kashmir. Two months back, two photo journalists including Showkat Shafi and a Mexican photojournalist were assaulted by the Indian Forces when they were covering the demonstrations.