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Kashmir journalist booked for calling drowned children martyrs; perhaps police forgot Hadith of the Prophet

In a bizarre development, Jammu and Kashmir police have booked a journalist over his status on the social networking app WhatsApp.


Sajid Raina, who works as a correspondent for a local news agency, had put out a status which called 20 children who died in boat capsize incident on May 30, 2006, in Wular Lake, martyrs.

Raina received a call from police station Bandipora that an FIR has been lodged against him for keeping the WhatsApp status.

“I was shocked to hear that an FIR has been lodged for keeping a simple WhatsApp status about the children who died when their boat capsized in Wular Lake. This is really shocking. I don’t know what was wrong with my WhatsApp status,” he said.

According to Hadith, the saying of prophet Muhammad, those Muslims who drown in water are martyrs.

His organisation has urged the Kashmir Press Club, Editors Guild to take note of the issue, as the journalists in the peripheral areas are being harassed day-in and day-out on one pretext or the other.

Earlier, a few days back, the news agency’s copy editor was also called to police station Bandipora for a tweet about shifting of Oxygen Plant and non-functionality of ventilators at DH Bandipora (Level-III Covid Care Facility).

The editor was made to sit in the police station for hours together and was “questioned”, over a simple tweet.

There was no response from the officials on the story.

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