A journalist Asif Sultan who was arrested last month by Jammu and Kashmir Police was sent to Central Jail Srinagar for two weeks judicial custody.
A district court Srinagar while hearing his bail plea remanded him to Central Srinagar in judicial custody till September 22. Asif Sultan was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police on August 31 from his home in Batamaloo, Srinagar.
Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), an amalgam of prominent newspapers on September 2 in a statement asked the J&K police to make charges against a magazine journalist Asif Sultan public. The Guild also took exception to the “notices” being sent to newspapers. It said there are disturbing reports about reporters being asked to disclose sources, something that has not happened even what it called “during the emergency.”
Kashmir Working Journalist Association and Kashmir Journalist Association also called for Sultan's release and an investigation in what they called his “illegal detention.”
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also expressed their concern about the ongoing “detention and interrogation” of Asif Sultan, who was working as Assistant Editor at monthly English magazine Kashmir Narrator.
A Police statement on September 1 said, “During the initial questioning of the accused (Asif Sultan), subsequent searches were carried out based on the disclosures made in this case so far which has led to the seizure of incriminating materials from various locations. It also establishes his complicity for harbouring known militants involved in a series of terror crimes.”