Police files case against India Today reporter

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 20, 2017

The reporter claimed that Malik assaulted her cameraman, who had accompanied her, and damaged their mobile phones. "I ask the media fraternity, was this the proper way to take an interview?"

JKLF leader Yaseen Malik on Friday told police that a lady TV reporter from the India Today barged into his bedroom and later accused him of "manhandling her".

Earlier, Malik while addressing a presser at his Abi Guzar office, said: "I was sleeping when a female TV journalist from New Delhi barged into my bedroom. The fact is she never called for an appointment", Malik told a crowded press conference here.

"The Indian media takes dictates from the army and labels every Kashmiri, be it a stone-pelter or a student protesting on a street, as a paid agent", Malik said.

Talking about the recent sting operations against some Hurriyat leaders, Malik said he is not in a position to talk on their behalf.

She said he had accused them of trying a "sting operation" on him. They will defend their own stories and versions. "Threats and opening more cases against me will never deter me", Malik said.

He said that instead of showing the "brutalities" committed by the government forces in Kashmir, Indian media was running a government PR agenda.

"I saw a mobile phone in her hand and I thought she was video-graphing the scenes and I snatched it from her hand", Malik added.

He said he sees serving the freedom movement as worship. "She had lied to my sister that she had fixed an appointment with me".

Yasin Malik challenged the Indian media to prove whether he has bought any property in the name of freedom movement.

Kanwaljit Sandhu, an India Today group reporter against whom Malik filed a police complaint of criminal trespass, said she had sought permission from the separatist leader's sister to talk to him. "I have a two-room house in Maisuma, which belongs to my mother".

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