Assault on photojournalist unfortunate, says Kashmir police chief

Director General Police (DGP) S P Vaid on Tuesday expressed regret over the “recent unfortunate incident” of an assault on AFP photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa by a police officer in Srinagar last week.
Assault on photojournalist unfortunate, says Kashmir police chief
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Director General Police (DGP) S P Vaid on Tuesday expressed regret over the "recent unfortunate incident" of an assault on AFP photojournalist Tauseef Mustafa by a police officer in Srinagar last week.

He said the matter is being looked into.

"Dr Vaid hoped that such isolated instances will not come in the way of synergized approach of the law enforcing agency and the media fraternity," said a statement issued here today.

He said JKP in consultation with the media fraternity intends to provide a special identification badge for photo journalists working in the field so that they are facilitated in performing their professional duties.

Vaid also lauded the media-police relations, saying that the two institutions have been working in complete harmony and in a spirit of camaraderie amid challenging situations.

"It is heartening that the media and the police are performing their professional responsibilities by understanding each other fully, even at times when the situation unfolds numerous challenges", said the DGP.

He appreciated the sagacious approach of the media in meeting challenges confronting the State on various fronts.

DGP hoped that the media, being the fourth pillar of democracy, will perform its professional obligations in most conducive atmosphere and assured that the police will always facilitate their job by providing all sort of assistance.

"While regretting the recent unfortunate incident involving a photojournalist and a police officer, Dr Vaid hoped that such isolated instances will not come in the way of synergized approach of the law enforcing agency and the media fraternity," added the statement.

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