Police raid homes of journalists In IIOJK over anonymous online threats

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Indian police have raided the homes of several journalists In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to investigate anonymous online threats.

Dozens of journalists in Indian-administered Kashmir were threatened online and their homes were raided to investigate the matter.

The police alleged that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Resistance Front had issued threats.

Earlier several journalists in IIOJK were subjected to online threat posts by unidentified persons and the police registered a case under the Anti-Terrorism Act last week.

According to the report by Reuters online posts had accused journalists of helping Indian security agencies and threatened three media outlets in IIOJK supported by New Delhi and the Indian Army for spreading false narratives.

Local journalists have said that five journalists associated with these organizations had resigned after threats and after that, there was fear among others. Indian police arrested local journalist Sajjad Ahmed Kralyari during raids and seized his laptop, camera and mobile phone.

The official has been quoted as saying that the houses of several journalists including noted writer Gohar Gillani were raided. According to the news, agency efforts were made to contact other journalists including Gohar Gillani and Sajjad Ahmed Kralyari but their mobiles were switched off.

Raids were conducted at 10 different locations in Srinagar, Anantnag and Kulgam in connection with the investigation into the recent threats received by journalists. According to the report, the house of a lawyer representing those arrested in anti-extremism cases was also raided.

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