Indian police beaten up three journalists covering demos in Srinagar.


ISLAMABAD -- Indian police in Indian Occupied Kashmir beaten up at least three photojournalists when they were performing their professional duty during anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar.

According to reporter, at least three photojournalists on Friday alleged they were beaten up by police personnel as they covered stone-pelting in downtown Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. Several other photo and video journalists, including a woman, alleged that police personnel chased and verbally abused them.

'Around 4 pm, we reached Khanyar to cover clashes in the area,' Muzamil Mattoo, a freelance photographer, said. 'There was minor stone-pelting. We were in between personnel of the J and K police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) near Khanyar Chowk when a policeman pointed his pellet gun towards us and fired.'

He also said that the policemen tried to force him into a police vehicle and arrest him. 'A policeman beaten me up with a stick. I got bruises on my arm and leg. He also tried to arrest me. He repeatedly asked me why I took pictures...

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