Journalist Asif Sultan sent to judicial remand till 22 Sep


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Srinagar: Journalist Asif Sultan was today sent to judicial remand till 22 September by a local court in Srinagar.

Sultan, an Assistant Editor at a local magazine Kashmir Narrator, was picked up by police from his home in Batamaloo area of Srinagar on late evening of August 27.

Following concerns raised by journalist unions, Sultan was presented to court on September 1 but remained in police custody for another week over his alleged involvement in militancy-related incidents.

Police had also seized his laptop, cell phones and other documents.

Sultan’s family and the magazine strongly refute the allegations and claim they have been falsified by police.

In police custody, Sultan was questioned over his coverage of militant commander Burhan Wani in the June issue of the magazine, as well as being interrogated over his ideology and other stories, the Kashmir Narrator said in a statement.

Indian Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders and other journalist organizations have condemned Sultan’s detention and asked the government to release him.

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