By Bashaarat Masood

Barely hours after returning home after five years of incarceration, Srinagar-based journalist Asif Sultan was arrested again by the J&K police in another case.

Sultan was released from Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar district jail on Wednesday and re-arrested on Thursday from his residence in Srinagar. The police have secured a five-day remand of Sultan, said sources.

His arrest in 2018 under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had attracted international condemnation and several international press freedom organisations had called for his release. He was also honoured with the annual John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award by the National Press Club of America.

Family sources said Sultan, who was lodged in Srinagar Central jail till April 2022, was moved to a jail in Uttar Pradesh under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

They said that when he returned home on Thursday, he received a call from the police asking him to report to the local police station where he was detained again.

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