Voices Demanding the Release of Kashmir Journalist Grow- Online Campaign Launched

September 03

An online campaign has been launched demanding the release of Kashmiri journalist, Asif Sultan who had been arrested on August 27 During a nocturnal raid at his residence in Batamaloo in the summer capital of Jammu Kashmir, Srinagar.

After Kashmiri Journalists and Journalist bodies worldwide have demanded the release of the incarcerated journalist, online activists have started a campaign on facebook demanded his immediate release from ‘illegal police custody.’

The Kashmir based journalist Asif Sultan who works for Kashmir Narrator has been under Police custody for the past eight days after being booked in a Militancy case by the Local Police.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that the local police stormed into the house during night and frisked the entire house, the journalist was arrested from and his phone, laptop were also seized by Jammu Kashmir Police.

Police has told media that Asif has been formally arrested in recent incidents that took place in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

“Initial questioning of the accused, has led to seizure of incriminating materials from various locations. The Journalist has also harboured Militants involved in serious crimes. Further investigation of the case is going on,” a Police official has told The Kashmiriyat.

However his family claims that Asif was initially questioned for a cover story that he had written for a Srinagar based monthly magazine, Kashmir narrator. The story was on Burhan Wani, the popular Hizb Commander killed on July 08, 2016.

“They told us they will release him after questioning, but now he is being accused of harbouring Militants at his house,” a relative of Asif told The Kashmiriyat.

Asif is an assistant editor with monthly magazine Kashmir Narrator whose Editor Showkat Mota has told the media, “The charges framed against Asif are baseless and the Police is trying to implicate him in false offences.”

He also said, “I met him (Asif) in police lock-up. The Police have been questioning him about his stories, the books he reads.”