Barbed wire is seen laid on a deserted road during restrictions in Srinagar, August 5, 2019. Photo: Reuters/Danish Ismail

New Delhi: Kashmir Police raided the houses of several journalists on Saturday, November 19, in an investigation into online threats to around a dozen journalists in Kashmir.

Kashmir Zone Police tweeted the following early on Saturday. The searches were conducted at 10 locations in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam.


Police have blamed Pakistan-based Laskhar-e-Toiba and its offshoot The Resistance Front for the threats, which were delivered through a blog which cannot be accessed in the Union Territory.

Online posts, accusing journalists of being “collaborators” with Indian security agencies, threatened employees of three Kashmir-based, “Delhi-backed, Indian army-sponsored” media houses for “spreading fake narratives”.

Police have invoked section 13 of Unlawful Activities Protection Act along with sections 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 124A (Sedition) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against those who issued the threats.

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