Threat to Kashmiri journalists: 12 locations raided

| Updated: 19 November, 2022 4:58 pm IST
Turkey-based former Kashmiri journalist is behind threats to journalists in the Valley, as per security agencies.

Police on Saturday said that it carried out searches at 12 locations in Kashmir Valley in connection with threats issued to Valley-based journalists.

“During the course of investigation, each team consisted of 4-5 members and led by an Inspector/SI rank officer monitored by the SDPO concerned,” police said here.

“The raids were supervised by SP South City Srinagar Lakshya Sharma-IPS and launched simultaneous searches at 12 locations across the valley including the houses of fugitives like Sajjad Gul, Mukhtar Baba, active (militants) of LeT (TRF) and other suspects in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam Districts.”

The premises which were raided and searched, the police said, belong to Mohd Rafi at Nigeen, Khalid Gul at Anantnag, Rashid Maqbool at Lal Bazar, Momin Gulzar at Eidgah, Basit Dar at Kulgam, Sajjad Kralyari at Rainawari, Gowhar Geelani at Soura, Qazi Shibli at Anantnag, Sajjad Sheikh alias Sajjad Gul at HMT Srinagar, Mukhtar Baba at Nowgam, Waseem Khalid at Rawalpora and Adil Pandit at Khanyar Srinagar.

“During search, all the legal formalities were followed professionally and consequent to the searches some suspects have been brought for examination and questioning,” the police said, adding, “The seized materials by the respective search teams include mobiles, laptops, memory cards, pen-drives & other digital devices, documents, bank papers, rubber stamps, passports, other suspect papers, cash, Saudi currency etc.”

Police have already filed a case (FIR No. 82/2022) under relevant sections of law at police station Sherghari.

Earlier The New Indian had reported that the Jammu and Kashmir Police have launched an in-depth investigation into threats to more than 20 prominent journalists allegedly by former scribe Mukhtar Baba, currently based in Turkey, at the behest of terror elements.

The threats have led to the resignation of five journalists from Rising Kashmir newspaper as fear mounts in the press.

In its preliminary investigation, security agencies have identified former journalist Mukhtar Baba, who also ran a public relations (PR) agency, as the mastermind behind the publication and circulation of a list of journalists that accused them of being “collaborators” and informers of security forces.


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