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Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard in Srinagar in December, 2017. Freelancer Kamran Yousuf, who covers the Kashmir region, is facing anti-state charges. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

India charges photojournalist arrested in Kashmir in September with sedition, other crimes

January 18, 2018 12:39 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2018--India's National Investigation Agency today charged photojournalist Kamran Yousuf with criminal conspiracy, attempting to wage war against India, and sedition, according to news reports. Authorities charged Yousuf alongside 12 others accused of anti-state activities, reports said. Yousuf, a freelancer working in the Jammu and Kashmir region, who contributes to the daily Greater Kashmir, has been in custody since September 5 after being arrested for allegedly throwing stones, according to reports.

"Indian authorities must stop abusing their power and using heavy-handed tactics to go after a photojournalist who was merely doing his job," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, in Washington, D.C. "Kamran Yousuf has already unjustly spent four months in jail and should be released immediately."

The National Investigation Agency submitted the charge sheet to Delhi's Patiala House Court, which is due to hear the agency's request to continue with its inquiry on January 30, according to Scroll.

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