BBC defends video of mass protests and tear gas firing in Kashmir even as police issue denial, Rahul Gandhi says people are dying


The BBC on Saturday released a video of police firing in Srinagar after Friday prayers. This came after local police desperately issued a denial calling the reports of firing as false and mischievous.


While sharing the video, the BBC wrote on Twitter, “The BBC witnessed tear gas being used to disperse the largest protest since a lockdown was imposed in Indian-administered Kashmir – a protest the Indian government said didn’t happen.”

In the video, protesters could be seen shouting slogans against the Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370. The protest and the subsequent police firing took place on Friday when the government had relaxed its restrictions on local resident in view of the Friday prayer.

On Saturday night, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi came out of the Congress Working Committee meeting to speak to media about the deteriorating situation in the valley. He said that the CWC had briefly stopped its deliberations to elect a new leader in view of reports of serious violence and people dying in Kashmir.

“There are reports of violence, so we stopped our deliberation and we had our presentation on what was going on in Jammu and Kashmir. It is important that the Prime Minister makes it clear what is happening in Union territory of Jammu&Kashmir, and Ladakh,” Gandhi said.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said that there had been no untoward incident barring ‘minor stone-pelting which was dealt with on the spot and was nipped in the bud.’

SP Pani, the Inspector General of Police, released a video message denying the reports by foreign news agencies. He said, “This is to clarify some international media reports regarding firing incidents in the valley, they are wrong, no such incident has taken place. Valley has remained largely peaceful over last 1 week.”

The home ministry headed by Amit Shah too has denied reports of mass protests in Kashmir.




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