J&K: French journalist held for filming pellet victims

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Srinagar, Dec 11: A French journalist has been arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police here, for making a documentary on pellet victims.

“Comiti Paul Edward has been detained for violating visa norms in Srinagar,” news agency IANS quoted a senior police officer was saying.

Edward was nabbed on Sunday evening from Kothibagh area. He was meeting separatists and pellet victims in the valley to shoot his documentary, the officer added.

Numbers of protesting youngsters suffered injuries from pellet guns used last year following an unrest in the city after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Some lost vision totally or partially after their injuries.

Edward has a passport and a business visa for India, valid upto December 22, 2018, the officer asserted.

A business visa does not allow anyone to make a documentary related to political or security related issues. An FIR under section 14B of the Passport Act has been registered against the French national, he stated.


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