NIA grills J&K reporter
Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency summoned and questioned a Kashmiri journalist in Delhi on Saturday, apparently for having interviewed woman separatist leader Asiya Andabi, now in NIA custody on charges including "waging war against the state".
Auqib Javed's ordeal, which follows a six-month detention of another Kashmiri journalist by the NIA in a terror case, prompted the Kashmir Editors Guild to air concern at the frequent summoning of journalists that was "weakening democracy".
Auqib, who is with the Srinagar-based Kashmir Observer, said he was questioned solely about the interview he had taken a few months ago.
"Srinagar police called me yesterday and handed me the NIA notice. They told me to pack my bags and leave for Delhi in the morning, without giving me any time to prepare," he told The Telegraph from Delhi.
"The NIA questioned me for three hours. They only talked about the interview. I told them I was doing my professional duty. They have told me to come again tomorrow."
The NIA notice to Auqib claims he is "acquainted with the circumstances of the case" relating to Andrabi, without elaborating.
The NIA had arrested Kamran Yousuf, a photo journalist, last September and held him in jail for six months on terror and stone-throwing charges that Amnesty International has described as "fabricated and politically motivated".
Kamran was chargesheeted with 11 others - including Hizb supremo Syed Salahuddin and Lashkar founder Hafiz Sayeed - for alleged terror funding and stone-throwing.
The primary evidence furnished was that his mobile number was persistently "located at places where counter-terrorist operations were in progress".