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Kashmir fights blog probe: 2 accused granted bail days after police raided four journalists

Even as the Jammu and Kashmir Police raided and questioned four local journalists in its probe in the Kashmir Fights blogspot case, a special court on Saturday bail to two of the five accused who were arrested earlier and were accused of waging war against India.

The special court in Srinagar on Saturday granted bail to two persons after hearing the argument of the prosecution and the defence counsel.

The court of Special Additional and Sessions Judge TADA/POTA Srinagar Manjeet Singh Manhas said that grounds invoked by accused in bail application makes them entitled to the bail.

The judge according to the reports said that Nazish Yasrab Rehmani and Javaid Khalid would have to follow certain conditions to be out on bail.

 The court has directed Incharge Central Jail Srinagar to release the accused persons in the FIR number 82/2020 under sections 13,16,18,20 ULAP Act.

Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir police had claimed to have arrested five persons running an online blog site, which it claimed ran “smear campaigns and prepared a hit list of prominent personalities in Kashmir”.

“The culprits behind the terror and intimidation machinery, kashmirfight.wordpress.com, were arrested in a major breakthrough,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar had said in July 2021.

The police had said they recovered incriminating digital check equipment from five houses raided across the region.

On Thursday this week the police also raided houses of four journalists and seized their laptops and phones. While the journalists were still being questioned, the police chief in Kashmir Vijay Kumar had said that the scribes will be arrested after police collects solid evidence.

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