Srinagar, March 11
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene in Kamran Yousuf case ‘so that the life of a young budding journalist does not get ruined’.
“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 wrote on micro-blogging site twitter. Yousuf, a photojournalist in south Kashmir, was arrested by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) in September 2017 for alleged terror funding and stone pelting.
The NIA had drawn criticism from civil society and journalists, besides Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) for listing “moral duty of a journalist” in its chargesheet against Yousuf. “Had he (Yousuf) been a real journalist by profession, he may have performed one of the moral duty of a journalist which is to cover the activities (good or bad) in his jurisdiction. He never covered any development activity, inauguration of hospital, school building, road, bridge, statement of political parties or government of India,” the chargsheet field against 12 people, including Yousuf, in January had said.