Connect with us

IANS News

Media bodies seek action against J&K MLA for threatening press

Published

on

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Media organisations on Sunday demanded strict action against Jammu and Kashmir BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh over his “threatening and intimidating” remarks directed at journalists in the Valley.

The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and the Federation of Press Clubs of India said in a statement that Singh, a former J&K Minister, had warned journalists at a press conference in Jammu to “draw a line”.

He openly threatened them with consequences and warned them of a fate similar to that of Shujaat Bukhari, the Editor of Rising Kashmir who was shot dead less than a fortnight ago, the statement said.

Bukhari’s assassination was condemned by people in general, besides a number of journalist organisations.

Condemning his remarks, the statement said that Singh also blamed Kashmir journalists for creating a “wrong atmosphere” and told them to control themselves.

Singh resigned from the state cabinet in April following his participation in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in January in support of those accused of rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua.

“We demand that strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting possible violence at journalists in the Valley,” the statement said.

It said that such remarks were nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the press.

“They also serve to vitiate atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in conflict situations,” the statement read.

–IANS
ps/nir/bg

Continue Reading

IANS News

BSF seizes 7.5 Kg silver ornaments in Bengal

Published

on

Kolkata, Sep 26 (IANS) The BSF on Tuesday seized 7.5 Kg silver ornaments valued at Rs 3,01,500 from two persons at Khajibagan under Krishnangar Sector in Nadia district of West Bengal.

The alleged culprits, however, managed to flee, a Border Security Force (BSF) release said.

Acting on a specific information about smuggling of silver ornaments from near Khajibagan border outpost of 113 Battalion under Krishnanagar Sector, BSF personnel conducted a special operation and found two persons suspiciously approaching the Indo-Bangladesh Border Road from India.

When they were challenged by the BSF personnel, they threw away the bag they were carrying and ran towards the India side taking advantage of banana orchard and bamboo bushes.

“The operation party searched the area and recovered the bag containing 7.5 Kgs of silver ornaments having an approximate value of Rs 3,01,500 wrapped with a brown plastic tape.

The seized items have been handed over to Customs authorities in Banpur for further legal action.

This year, BSF South Bengal Frontier has seized 91.288 Kgs of silver worth Rs 34,24,149, approximately, besides apprehending three smugglers.

–IANS
ssp/nir

Continue Reading

Trending