Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday promised to look into the fresh act of police assault on a journalist by an IPS officer during a peaceful protest of female nursing college students in Srinagar.
Chandigarh-based newspaper reporter Azhar Qadri was beaten up and detained while he was covering the protest of the nursing students near old secretariat.
"I was taking notes and asking the students the reason behind the protest. Suddenly, I was pounced upon from behind and slapped by the Shaheed Gunj sub-divisional police officer. On disclosing my identity, I was further beaten up with butts by constables and taken to a nearby police station," said Qadri.
The police officer behind the assault has been identified as Imtiyaz Ismail Parray (IPS), who hit headlines recently when he argued with security personnel of union minister Farooq Abdullah at Amar Singh College.
The reported alleged that the police forced him to sign a bond that he will have to present himself before the court if asked.
Last month, security guards of irrigation minister Taj Mohiuddin beat up a traffic cop after jumping a traffic light. Last year, a Delhi-based journalist and author David Devdas was also assaulted. In most cases of assault on journalists, the state government failed to take any action till date.
Scribes registered their protest with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who said "I will look into the incident.
Kashmir Journalists Corps (KJC), a body of professional journalists working, condemned the assault. It has sought an immediate probe into the incident and action against the police officer and his security guards.
"This is not for the first time journalists have become the victims of police atrocity while performing their professional duties," a spokesman of KJC said.
The journalists' body also urged Omar and the director general of police to intervene so that journalists can perform their duties without any fear.