Ground Report | New Delhi: Kashmir blog case; Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar on Thursday asked journalists not to “unnecessarily interfere with the investigation by spreading falsehoods”, even as he said the four journalists being questioned by the police had “concrete evidence”.
“During the investigation of FIR 82/2020 Police Station Kothibagh, credible evidence was found which links four persons (journalists) to the mastermind who is behind the blog firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Based on this evidence, searches were conducted at four places on September 8 with a search warrant from a Special Designated Court under the NIA Act, Srinagar,” IGP Kashmir said in a statement.
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“Based on this evidence, searches were conducted at four places with search warrants from the Special Designated Court under the NIA Act, Srinagar, and some mobiles, laptops, and other gadgets were seized on August 8, 2021”.
- The four journalists, he said, include Mir Hilal son of Ghulam Ahmed Mir of Bemina— Journalist- TRTworld.com
- Mohammad Shah Abbas son of Abdul Khaliq Shah of Yaripora, Anantnag, presently at Rajbagh Freelance journalist.
- Azhar Qadri son of Farooq Ahmed of Bemina (Journalist- The Tribune).
- Showkat Motta son of Abdul Samad Motta of Lalbazar (Was editor-in-chief of The Narrator. Currently working at a wholesale shop.”
“All the above four persons were called for questioning and were allowed to leave in the evening and have been called again tomorrow,” the IGP said. “At present, the electronic gazette is under investigation. Various numbers from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi have been found. They are also in touch with many virtual numbers,” he said.
He said it was not a case of harassing journalists. The IGP advised all media persons and bodies not to spread false news and not to interfere unnecessarily in the investigation of the matter by spreading false news. He said, “This is a very sensitive investigation. He will be arrested in this case after collecting concrete evidence,” said IGP Kashmir.