Police arrest journalist for alleged criminal conspiracy, extortion
Srinagar, Sep 15: Srinagar Police have arrested a journalist Majid Hyderi for, “criminal conspiracy, intimidation, extortion, giving false information, defamation etc”, officials said today.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Srinagar Police said that Hyderi has been arrested vide FIR No 88/2023 U/S 120-B, 177,386,500 of IPC registered in Sadder PS on basis of order issued by court of JMIC Srinagar.
“One Majid Hyderi S/o Jahangir Hyderi R/o Peerbagh arrested for criminal conspiracy, intimidation, extortion, giving false information, defamation etc,” read the post.
Meanwhile, reacting to the arrest, PDP president and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, posted on X, “Majid Hyderi’s arrest late last night has exposed the nexus between conmen & certain intelligence agencies. He was dragged from his home like a wanted terrorist without following any legalities. “His mother & sister pleaded to see a warrant but this too was denied. This is how journalists who expose scams are accused of intimidation & defamation”.
Rebutting Mehbooba’s allegation, Srinagar police said on its official X post handle, “Family was clearly informed about the order of Hon’ble court regarding this. It is requested to kindly not fall prey to a misinformation campaign by vested interests”.