The J&K Police have arrested a Srinagar-based journalist under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, alleging that he was “complicit in harbouring known terrorists”.
Asif Sultan, who works with a local English news magazine, was picked up from his house in Batamaloo on Monday night.
However, Asif’s editor termed the police allegations a “cock and bull story”, saying the policemen were offended by the reportage of the arrested journalist.
“Asif Sultan has been arrested by the Batmaloo police. The initial questioning of the accused, subsequent searches and disclosures made in the case so far have led to seizure of incriminating materials from various locations. It also establishes his complicity for harbouring known terrorists involved in serious terror crimes,” a police spokesman said. He said investigation was going on in the case.
Showkat Motta, editor of Kashmir Narrator magazine, said, “For six days, they have been discussing headlines and reports with him. On Saturday, they came up with a statement that he is involved in some case. They were offended by his reportage.” The editor said they would challenge Asif’s arrest in the court.
Superintendent of Police (South) GV Sundeep Chakravarthy said they had “solid evidence” against Asif. “We have got his police remand from the court,” he said.