SRINAGAR — The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, on Friday said that district SSPs have been directed to brief media persons about gunfight updates. He also said that the media persons are once again advised not to come closer to gunfight sites as that poses threat to their lives.
The IGP said that if media persons go closer to the operation sites, that may disturb the persons involved in anti-militancy operations and the live coverage of encounters may trigger law and order situation in other areas.
Replying to a query at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar whether injury to civilians can be reported by the media, the IGP said, “I reiterate that no live coverage of encounters will be allowed. A stray bullet can hit any media men if you go closer to the operation site. Covering live encounters can pose threat to the journalists.”
The IGP said that live coverage of encounters can instigate people in other adjoining areas of the site of operation and lead to law and order situation. “I have directed district SSPs to brief media men about encounter updates in their respective areas whenever there is any encounter,” he said. (KNO)