French journalist arrested for shooting documentary on pellet victims in Kashmir


Police in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday arrested a French journalist in the state’s capital, Srinagar, for making a documentary on pellet victims.

File photo of a pellet gun vitim

“Comiti Paul Edward has been detained for violating visa norms in Srinagar,” a senior police officer was quoted by IANS.

Edward, who was shooting separatists and pellet victims for his documentary, was arrested from Kothibagh area.

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Scores of protesting youths suffered injuries from pellet guns used in 2016 following an unrest in the valley after the 8 July killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Some lost vision totally or partially after their injuries.

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One police officer said that Edward has a passport and a business visa for India, valid up to 22 December, 2018 adding that a business visa did not allow anyone to make a documentary on political or security related issues.

Police said that they had registered an FIR (87/2017) under section 14 (B) Passport Act and Edward was currently lodged in Police Station Kothibagh. A former journalist with French TV channel, TF 1, Edward received an award in 2009 in Bayeux for his reports on French soldiers being ambushed in Afghanistan.

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