French journalist Comiti Paul Edward detained in Jammu and Kashmir for filming pellet victims

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police has arrested a French journalist in Srinagar for making a documentary on pellet victims.

“Comiti Paul Edward has been detained for violating visa norms in Srinagar,” a senior police officer said.

Edward was arrested on Sunday evening from Kothibagh area. He was meeting separatists and pellet victims in the city to shoot his documentary, the officer said.

Scores of protesting youths suffered injuries from pellet guns used in 2016 following an unrest in the valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Some lost vision totally or partially after their injuries.

Edward has a passport and a business visa for India, valid upto December 22, 2018, the officer said.

A business visa does not allow anyone to make a documentary on political or security related issues. An FIR under section 14B of the Passport Act has been registered against the French national, he said.

The French Embassy has also been informed about Edward’s detention, the officer said.

 

 

As the world observes the UN sponsored Human Rights Day, rights violations continue to be a major issue in Indian-administered Kashmir. Since 1989, nearly 70,000 people have been killed in violence that separatist leaders say the United Nations has done too little to prevent. For the past year, the remote, northern region was gripped by widespread protests, following the killing of a prominent rebel commander. In the crackdown that followed, more than 100 protesters were killed, thousands were arrested and hundreds were blinded by police who shot at civilians with iron pellets.

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