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On Emergency anniversary, JKP creates 'emergency' in Kashmir
vJournalist nabbed in midnight raid in 28 yr old case, court asks why; Jammu journalists appeal Modi, Shah
6/27/2019 12:35:00 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, June 26: On June 25, when the PM Modi led government in New Delhi in connection with the anniversary of the dark era of Emergency of 1970s took dig at the Congress, the Jammu and Kashmir Police allegedly created an "emergency like situation" by arresting a Kashmiri journalist in 28-year-old case thereby putting the central government to unnecessary embarrassment.
The journalist fraternity termed the police action as "unnecessary creation of emergency like situation as if to sabotage the good work of the BJP government" and sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
The JKP on Monday night raided the house of senior journalist and editor of Urdu newspaper, Daily Afaaq, Ghulam Jeelani Qadri, and lodged him at police station Shaheed Gunj.
Later on Tuesday afternoon, when the BJP was cornering Congress on the emergency, Qadri was bailed out by Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar, Gowhar Majeed, who directed the police to explain their position in the case and submit a "case diary" on 31 July, when the case is listed for hearing.
Qadri who is both the owner and editor of the Urdu daily was arrested during a nocturnal raid at 11.30 pm after he had returned home from his office work.
The case was registered against him and seven others in 1990's, when militancy was at its peak in the Kashmir. The case was registered against him for publishing the news and press releases issued by militant groups through news agency J and K News, said Jeelani's journalist brother Morifat Qadri.
"The way he was arrested shows the aim was to harass the journalist and family," said the family.
The seven others accused in the case are former editor of Urdu daily Srinagar Times, Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, Ghulam Rasool Arif, who then worked with Hamdard newspaper, Saad-din of Azaan newspaper-all the three have died-and Ghulam Nabi Shaida of Waddi ki Awaaz, Shaqeeq Aijaz, Peer Abdul Shakoor, of Azaan and Ashiq Kashmiri.
Morifat questioned the timing of the execution of warrant which was issued by the Court in 1993 against his brother under Criminal Amendment Act 1983. He said the newspaper editor was declared as proclaimed offender and an absconder in the case.
Experts said the Modi government in general and the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah in particular should look into if the police was doing such actions against the media fraternity to settle personal scores.
"The midnight action against a journalist in a 28 year old case is questionable as it seems to be a case of settling personal scores otherwise why should such an action have been initiated on the eve of Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah's Ji's visit to Kashmir," said a delegation of senior journalists in Jammu.
The journalists in Jammu have appealed the union government to look into such cases.
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