Saturday, January 9, 2010

Journalists protest attack on colleague; demand action against cop

Srinagar, Jan 08: Journalists on Friday took out a protest march demanding punishment to the police officer, allegedly involved in opening fire at a newspaper photographer here yesterday. Media persons representing local, national and international news organizations assembled at the Press Enclave in Srinagar today and later marched through nearby Residency Road protesting against the firing on Amaan Farooq, photo-journalist of daily 'Greater Kashmir' yesterday by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Safdar Samoon. The police officer had allegedly also slapped another photo-journalist. The journalists urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to get the matter investigated in two days and punish the guilty. Abdullah had yesterday assured the newspaper of stern action against the guilty. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Terming the incident as an "attack on press", senior journalist Altaf Hussain asked the government to frame a proper media policy. Farooq was injured when Samoon allegedly opened fire to force photo-journalists to leave a building in the vicinity of the hotel in Lal Chowk area where an encounter had ended with the militants. Police, however, said the officer's weapon “went off accidentally and preliminary investigations showed that the bullet hit the ground and the injury was caused by a stone.” Moreover, a medical examination showed no bullet inside the body, a doctor attending on the injured photographer, said.Meanwhile, besides the media, various social and political organizations have strongly condemned the attack on the photo-journalists.

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