Kashmir Journalist booked for report naming “government forces”

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Jammu, Dec 4: A journalist of a banned newspaper ‘Kashmir Reader’ was booked by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for a report published on September 28. The report that was published was on crop-burning that quoted the villagers for blaming the government forces for the alleged burning of crops. As per reports by Indian Express, the newspaper report was published in the newspaper on the front page with three photographs, and quoted residents of Budran, Aadina, Kanihama and Mazhama villages in Budgam district as saying that “police, paramilitary troopers and soldiers (had) fired incendiary projectiles into the harvested rice crop that had been left to dry in sun”.

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The journalist named Ishfaq Reshi, a student of convergent journalism at Central University of Kashmir has been booked under Section 505 pertaining to publication or circulation of “statements of conducing public mischief. Reshi was a trainee reporter with Kashmir Reader and was associated with the publication since April 2016. The newspaper ‘Kashmir Reader’ was banned by the J&K government on October 2.