Greater Kashmir newspaper office attacked, CM orders inquiry
Srinagar, Feb 9 (UNI) Four staffers of ”Greater Kashmir”, a leading English daily here, were seriously wounded in a ”murderous assault” when activists of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF-Nanaji Group), led by convenor Javed Ahmed Mir, vandalised the newspaper office today.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has condemned the attack in the strongest terms and ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. An official spokesman said that immediately after receiving news of the incident, the Chief Minister asked Director General of Police Gopal Sharma and other authorities concerned to take necessary action against the culprits involved in the attack.
According to a Greater Kashmir staffer, Mir and other activists of the JKLF-Nanaji Group, about 15 in number, visited the newspaper office at 6, Partap Park in the Press Enclave here and threatened the employees to publish a news item (press release). As the staffers refused to ”obey his orders”, Mir and other activists of his group vandalised the office and seriously wounded four employees of the newspaper, he added. They also damaged several computers besides furniture, window- panes and other office accessories, the staffer said. ”It was a murderous assault,” he added. The newspaper has registered an FIR with the Kothi Bagh Police station here.