Mohammad Manan Dar after his release. Photo: Special arrangement

Srinagar: A Srinagar-based journalist, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on terrorism charges, walked out of Tihar jail on Tuesday (January 3) evening after more than a year. In the bail order, the court referred to the charges against him as “mere assumptions”.

Mohammad Manan Dar, a resident of Batmaloo in Srinagar who worked as a freelance photojournalist, was nabbed by the NIA along with 12 persons, including his brother Hanan Dar, in October 2021, days after a string of targeted attacks in which members of the minority community and migrant workers in Kashmir were shot by suspected militants.

“He was released from jail at around 9 pm on Tuesday, January 3, where he was received by a family member in the presence of his lawyers. He is in high spirits and looks forward to continuing his work as a journalist,” a family member told The Wire.

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