After hours spent in questioning the journalist who was accused of posting an “anti-national” post on Facebook, the head of the J&K police was questioned for an old tweet he posted using the term “sadistic” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Superintendent of Police of the cyber police wing, Tahir Ashraf was asked to delete the tweet which he posted in 2013, between a developing controversy.
The police officer in his tweet pointed an NDTV interview of PM Modi on the 2002 Gujarat riots, in which the then Chief Minister had said that he would be hurt even if a puppy would have come under a car.
Replying to the statement, Mr. Ashraf had tweeted that Narendra Modi’s puppy analogy on 2002 riots shows his real character i.e. “sadistic”.
On Tuesday, this tweet was highlighted, though an old one, as the Jammu and Kashmir Police accused a 26-year-old female photojournalist under the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for her social media posts.
The officer was also called out for his controversial tweets about the BJP and Hindutva before the party came to power in 2014.
In the last August, the center had taken away the Jammu and Kashmir special status and splitting it into two union territories, since then many journalists who are working in Srinagar have been asked to summon before the police for questioning.
A journalist of The Hindu newspaper Peerzada Ashiq had been asked by Mr. Ashraf for questioning over a story, in this week earlier.
The journalist was later directed to go to the Anantnag district to join the investigation.
About this fake news a First Information Report (FIR) has been filed about a “fake” news report but Mr. Ashiq or The Hindu newspaper were not named in the FIR.
This harassment of journalists in Kashmir aims to suppress the freedom of the press and have asked that cases against them are taken away, as said by a group of journalists.
Human rights group Amnesty International in a statement has also urged the central government to end the threatening of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir.