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Online journalists threat case: J&K police conducts searches in 3 districts

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday conducted searches in multiple locations in three districts in connection with ‘online journalists threat’ case.

“Searches are being carried out in multiple locations in Srinagar, Badgam and Pulwama districts in connection with ‘online journalists threat’ case,” Srinagar police tweeted.

Today’s searches are subsequent to the leads received from searches done a few days ago in the same case, Srinagar Police added.

‘KashmirFight’, an online page used by terror outfits, had released a hitlist of journalists, accusing them of working at the behest of security and intelligence agencies, as reported by PTI news agency.

Searches at various locations on Nov 19

In wake of the threat, police on November 19, conducted simultaneous searches at various locations across Kashmir.

The police team then launched simultaneous searches at twelve locations across the valley including the houses of fugitives like Sajjad Gul, Mukhtar Baba, active terrorists of the proscribed terror outfit LeT (TRF) and other suspects in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam districts.

According to police, a First Information Report (FIR) under relevant sections of law was registered in Sherghari police station against terror handlers, active terrorists and terrorist associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its offshoot of The Resistance Front (TRF) for online publication and dissemination of direct threat letters to journalists and reporters of Kashmir, as reported by news agency ANI.

At least five local journalists have since resigned from their jobs.

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