Sajid Rana, a correspondent for local news agency Kashmir News Observer, has been booked by the Jammu and Kashmir police for describing the schoolchildren killed in as “martyrs” in his Whatsapp status, the reported.
Speaking to the news website, Raina said he was “shocked to hear” that an FIR had been lodged against him. “This is really shocking. I don’t know what was wrong with my WhatsApp status,” he told the local news outlet.
Kashmir News Observer has asked the police to explain why they booked its correspondent but has not received a response yet. Complaining that journalists working outside the capital Srinagar in particular are frequently harassed by the police, the agency urged journalists associations such as the Kashmir Press Club and the Editors Guild to take note of the problem and register their protest.
This is not the first time the police have allegedly harassed the news agency’s staffers. They had earlier “questioned” a copy editor of the organisation for tweeting about the lack of facilities at a Bandipora Covid hospital, the Kashmir Walla noted. In March, there were just two ventilators for a population of over 23 lakh people in North Kashmir.