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Police beat reporter on Srinagar street

(RSF/IFEX) - On 26 April 2010, Indian policemen gave Gowhar Bhat, a reporter for the "Greater Kashmir" daily, a beating on a street in Srinagar, the capital of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. In the photos taken by a colleague, one can see a dozen police officers smiling as they lay into Bhat with their batons.

Led by Sub-Inspector Javaid Ahmad of the Kothibagh district police station, the policemen attacked Bhat while he was covering a People's Democratic Party demonstration.

"I was covering the demonstration when a policeman came up and slapped me for no reason," Bhat told Reporters Without Borders. "I told him I was a journalist but he did not calm down. A dozen of his colleagues surrounded me and hit me with their batons." Two journalists who tried to help him were also beaten.

"The policemen responsible for this gratuitous violence against a journalist must be punished," Reporters Without Borders said.

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