Jammu and Kashmir: Photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf gets bail

Kamran Yusuf was arrested by the agency on September 5 for allegedly indulging in stone pelting and mobilising support against security personnel through social media.

Published: 12th March 2018 09:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th March 2018 09:18 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Photo-journalist Kamran Yusuf, arrested by the NIA in September for allegedly encouraging stone pelting and mobilising support against security personnel, was today granted bail by a special court here, officials said.

Without giving further details, the NIA officials confirmed that Yusuf had been granted bail.

He was arrested by the agency on September 5 for allegedly indulging in stone pelting and mobilising support against security personnel through social media.

According to the NIA, Yusuf was allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter insurgency operations.

Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers.

The NIA in its charge sheet had listed the "moral duty of a journalist" to highlight what it claimed was improper conduct.

"Had he been a real journalist by profession, he may have performed one of the moral duties of a journalist which is to cover the activities (good or bad) in his jurisdiction.

He never covered any development activity, inauguration of a hospital, school building, road, bridge, statement ofs political parties or the government of India", the NIA had said in its charge sheet filed against him and nine others on January 19 this year.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had yesterday requested Union Home minister Rajnath Singh to look into the case.

"Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf's case.

I've requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined," Mehbooba said on Twitter yesterday.

NIA officials had also alleged that Yusuf was acting as a conduit for those involved in terror funding.

Kashmir editors guild and journalists in the valley have also sought his release, saying his arrest violated the freedom of the press.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp