French journalist detained in J&K for filming pellet victims

Srinagar—An award winning French television journalist has been arrested in Srinagar by police for allegedly violating visa norms.
A senior police officer told local news agency GNS that Comiti Paul Edward, son of Tony Comoti, resident of Paris Be Arroniseme 18 Rue Du Soleil Cevant, was arrested from Kothi Bagh area of Srinagar over the violation of visa norms.

“Comiti Paul Edward has been detained for violating visa norms in Srinagar,” a senior police officer said.
Edward was arrested on Sunday evening from Kothibagh area. He was meeting separatists and pellet victims in the city to shoot his documentary, the officer said.
Scores of protesting youths suffered injuries from pellet guns used in 2016 following unrest in the Valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Some lost vision totally or partially after their inju

“He was having passport number 17 CH 69445 and Indian visa type business number 900 WdC 614 valid up to 22 December 2018,” the officer said. He said as per complaint, “he had violated visa norms and was found preparing documentary on pellet victims and interviewing separatists”.
“In this regard, a case under FIR number 87 / 2017 under section 14 B of Passport act stands registered in Police Station Khotibagh. The accused has been arrested and the French Embassy was communicated,” the police officer added.

As the world observes the UN sponsored Human Rights Day, rights violations continue to be a major issue in Indian-administered Kashmir. Since 1989, nearly 70,000 people have been killed in violence that separatist leaders say the United Nations has done too little to prevent. For the past year, the remote, northern region was gripped by widespread protests, following the killing of a prominent rebel commander. In the crackdown that followed, more than 100 protesters were killed, thousands were arrested and hundreds were blinded by police who shot at civilians with iron pellets.

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