Photo Journalist among two sent to judicial custody till October 17


New Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday sent two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, to judicial custody for a month in connection with an alleged case of stone- pelting in Kashmir.

District Judge Poonam A Bamba sent Javed Ahmed Bhat from Kulgam and Kamran Yusuf from Pulwama to jail till October 17 after they were produced before the court during in-chamber proceedings on the expiry of their police custody.

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) counsel said they were not required for further custodial interrogation, court sources said.

During its probe in the funding of militancy and separatist activities in the Valley, the NIA had arrested Bhat and Yusuf on September 5.

According to the agency, the two were involved in stone- pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter-insurgency operations.

Yusuf was a photo-journalists and journalists in Valley have staged protests demanding his release.

The NIA has arrested 10 people in the case of alleged funding of militancy and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.
The case was registered on charges of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.


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