Newsmen working for various local, Indian and international media organisations met in Srinagar on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out of the firing by a police officer, Safdar Samoon at Lal Chowk in January last. The said officer fired from his pistol while a few photo journalists performed their professional duties there. A lensman, Aman Farooq was injured in the incident.
The meeting, chaired by senior journalist Altaf Hussain, , demanded that findings of the inquiry into the incident be made public and appropriate action be taken against the officer. The participants said the Lal Chowk incident had induced a deep sense of insecurity among media persons in the Valley. The newsmen resolved to take up the issue at every appropriate forum till the justice was delivered.
The meeting was attended, among others, by President of Kashmir Press Association G H Kaloo, President of Kashmir Photographers Association Farooq Khan, Associate Editor of Greater Kashmir Arshad Hussan Kaloo, Bureau Chief of Daily KashmirTimes Zahoor Malik, Masood Hussain, Riyaz Masroor, Sheikh Mushtaq, Izhar Wani, Mufti Islah, Inayat Jehangir, Muzaffar Raina, Fayaz Bukhari , Khursheed Wani , Peerzada Ashiq S Tariq and Fayaz Ahmed bhat.