‘Online threat’ row: Police raids residence of several journalists, lawyer

Jammu and Kashmir Police have raided 10 locations in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam districts of Kashmir valley in connection with investigation of a case related to recent threats to journalists, police said.

Reliable Sources told a local news agency, Kashmir Dot Com (KDC), that in Srinagar searches are being carried out in the house of Gowhar Geelani son Nazir Ahmad Shah, a resident of Nowshera and Sajad Ahmad Sheikh @Sajad Gul son of Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, a resident of Rose Avenue colony at HMT and the residence of Momin Gulzar (active militant) at Firdous Colony Eidgah is also being searched.

Massive searches are being carried out at the residence of Journalist Waseem Raja son of Raja Abdul Khalid, a resident of Chinar colony Rangreth in Srinagar. Another raid is going on at the residence of Sajad Ahmad Kralyari son of Abdul Majeed, a resident of Pandithpora Kralyar Rainawari.

In Srinagar’s Nowgam, Police party from Srinagar police raided the residence of Mukhtar Ahmad Baba son of Mohammad Yaseen Baba at Sheikhul Alam Colony. Residence of Abu Aadil Pandith son of Abdullah Pandith, a resident of Nowpora Khanyar who is an advocate by profession is also being searched by the police.

Another team of police raided the residence of journalist Hakim Rashid Maqbool son of Mohammad Maqbool Razvi, a resident of Adaalat masjid Madeen Sahib Hawal.

In Anantnag, police raided the joint residence of Qazi Yasir and Journalist Qazi Shibli (The Kashmiriyat).

The searches are also being carried out at the residence of Khalid Gul who was earlier associated with Greater Kashmir. The Kulgam residence of militant commander Basit Dar is also being searched by the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Kashmir Police Zone tweeted, “Massive searches in connection with investigation of case related to recent threats to journalists started by Police at 10 locations in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam. Details shall be followed.”

Earlier, Srinagar police in a tweet said, “Case registered against handlers, active terrorists & OGWs of terror outfit LeT & its offshoot TRF for online publication & dissemination of a direct threat letter to journalists & reporters based in Kashmir. FIR No. 82/2022 U/S 13 UAPA, 505, 153B, 124A & 506 IPC in Shergari PS.”