Condemnations pour in, demand action against erring cops
ASSAULT ON GK CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, Jan 5: Various political and social organizations have condemned assault on Greater Kashmir correspondent Imran Muzaffar by police and demanded stringent action against the accused cops.
State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami also condemned the assault on Imran Muzaffar.
“I will raise the matter with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Director General of Police Ashok Prasad as no civilized society can tolerate these incidents,” Tarigami said
In a statement general secretary of High Court Bar Association Muhammad Ashraf Bhat said the Executive Committee HCBA convened a meeting and unanimously condemned the assault on Imran
“The Bar Association has appealed that State administration to issue directions for lodgment of FIR against the erring police officials. The Bar Association has also decided that full legal aid will be provided to Imran Muzaffar and it was further decided that incase the State Administration failed to lodge an FIR against the said erring police officials, the Bar Association will file a complaint before the competent court of jurisdiction at Srinagar,” Bhat said.
“By this criminal act the face of the police got exposed before the general public, they are not even sparing the journalists, how a common person can expect justice from the police authorities,” he added.
Kashmir Centre for Social & Developmental Studies (KCSDS) Chairperson Prof Hameeda Nayeem has strongly condemned the manhandling of Imran and demanded severe punishment to the erring cops.
“This act has once again highlighted the implicit restrictions placed on the freedom to report things as they are. It is a bleak commentary on the state of affairs in the state where journalists, who are otherwise the only professionals in the world are allowed even into spaces where the angels fear to tread, are debarred from reporting the truth about the burning situation in the state,” Prof Hameeda said.
“No one has forgotten how media was gagged in 2010 and media persons assaulted to prevent them from reporting the ground stark realities in the Valley. After Sopore and Pulwama brutal incidents , authorities have once again become nervous to hide reality from the world. But these tactics only expose the false claims of every thing being honky dorry in the state and instead of concealing only reveal deeper malaise in the valley. In short it is an attack on the freedom of the media to express freely what it sees and therefore highly deplorable,” she said.
“J and K High Court should take suo-moto notice of the incident and demand explanation from the powers that be,” she added.
Meanwhile, both factions of Employees Joint Action Committee have condemned the assault. “There should be through probe by some independent agency into the incident so that culprits are brought to the book and punished in accordance with the law of the State,” General Secretary of EJAC, Farooq Trali said.
Strongly condemning the incident, EJAC (Q) president Abdul Qayoom Wani said that police higher- ups should probe the incident. “Four lakhs employees of the State express solidarity with Imran,” he said. Kashmir Economic Alliance – an amalgam of traders, transporters, hoteliers also condemned use of force by police on Imran.
“We express our solidarity with Imran who was ruthlessly beaten by police officials at Hazratbal. It shows that Kashmir is a police state where nobody is safe and police officials can do whatever they want to do at their will and there is no accountability from state government on erring cops,” Khan said.
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