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French journalist held in occupied Kashmir

French journalist held in occupied Kashmir

Comiti Paul Edward, a resident of Paris' Be Arroniseme Rue Du Soleil Cevant, was arrested from Srinagar's Pratap Park on Saturday while he was said to be shooting a documentary on pellet victims.

"He was arrested for violating the terms and conditions of Indian visa". Travelers on a business visa are not allowed to film political or security-related issues in India.

Police said that they had registered an FIR (87/2017) under section 14 (B) Passport Act and Edward was now lodged in Police Station Kothibagh.

The Act, police said, envisages seizure of passport or travel documents from any person against whom a reasonable suspicion exists that he has committed any offense punishable under section 12. Police intimated the French Embassy in New Delhi about the matter.

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The French Embassy has also been informed about Edward's detention, the officer said. He won the award for reporting on French soldiers ambushed in Afghanistan. One of the police officials said that he has met some Hurriyat leaders and the pellet victims during his stay in Kashmir. He arrived in Kashmir some ten days ago.

Edward was arrested on December 10 evening from Kothibagh area.

According to a police officer, worldwide journalists need a special permission-visa to work in Kashmir. He was meeting separatists and pellet victims in the city to shoot his documentary, the police officer reportedly added.


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