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Shashi Tharoor demands release of journalists arrested in IIOJK, UP

New Delhi, February 12 (KMS): Congress leader and Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor, has urged the Indian Home Minister to facilitate immediate and unconditional release of Kashmiri journalists Fahad Shah, Sajad Gul and Indian scribe Siddique Kappan who have been arrested on various charges.

Raising the issue in Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian Parliament) during Zero Hour, Tharoor said Shah and Gul have been arrested on charges of sedition and under the black law, Public Safety Act, respectively in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, while Kappan has been in “prolonged detention” under the draconian law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, in Uttar Pradesh.

He said that journalists in Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh or anywhere in India deserve to do their job safely and without fear of arrest. He urged the Indian home minister to facilitate the immediate and unconditional release of Fahad Shah, Sajad Gul and Siddique Kappan in the interest of preserving the freedom of press in India.

National Conference member from IIOJK, Hasnain Masoodi, also associated himself with the issue raised by Tharoor.

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