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Kashmir police seize laptops & mobile phones of 4 journalists in raids; scribes to report to police on Thursday

Kashmir police seize laptops & mobile phones of 4 Kashmir journalists in raids; scribes to report to police station on Thursday

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday conducted searches at the houses of four journalists in Srinagar and seized their laptops and mobile phones, officials said.

Residence of Showkat Ahmad Motta, a resident of Sheikh Hamza Colony Lal-Bazar was raided by SDPO Nehrupark along with a police team. Motta is the editor in Chief of Kashmir Narrator Magazine. However, as per reports the magazine is not being published since 2019.

They said another team raided the house of Journalist Azhar Qadri, a resident of Abubaker Colony Bemina. Qadri is said to be working for many news outlets.

They further said the residence of Abbas Shah was raided by SP East along with a police team and Hilal Mir working for TRT Turkey earlier associated with Greater Kashmir and The Hindustan Times was also searched by the police.

The journalists were later taken to Kothibagh police station where their laptops and mobile phones were seized for technical evaluation before being released, the officials said.

Soon after their release, the journalists told their colleagues that they have been asked to report at the police station on Thursday again.

While police is tight-lipped about the searches, it is believed that the raids were part of investigation into a blog post that calls people against India.

The police had earlier claimed to have arrested five persons running an online blog site, which ran smear campaigns and prepared a hit list of prominent pro-India personalities in Kashmir.

“The culprits behind the intimidation machinery, kashmirfight.wordpress.com, have been arrested in a major breakthrough,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar had said.

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

Houses and properties at multiple locations, including Sanat Nagar and Raj Bagh in Srinagar, Batpura in Hazratbal, Poonch, Jammu and Hawal in Pulwama belonging to five persons were searched, the police had said.

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