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.

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.

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.