Faced with their failure to provide electric power as per the announced schedule, authorities in Kashmir started tightening noose around "erring consumers" on Saturday.
Srinagar police on Friday arrested a Kashmir based mediaperson Majid Hyderi on the charges of extortion and intimidation.
Announcing Majid’s arrest, Srinagar police wrote on X: “FIR No 88/2023 U/S 120-B, 177,386,500 of IPC registered in Sadder PS on basis of order issued by Hon’ble court of JMIC Srinagar. One Majid Hyderi S/o Jahangir Hyderi R/o Peerbagh arrested for criminal conspiracy, intimidation, extortion, giving false information, defamation etc.”
Meanwhile condemning his arrest, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti wrote on X; “Majid Hyderi’s arrest late last night has exposed the nexus between conmen & certain intelligence agencies. He was dragged from his home like a wanted terrorist without following any legalities. His mother & sister pleaded to see a warrant but this too was denied. This is how journalists who expose scams are accused of intimidation & defamation.”
Reacting to Mehbooba’s comments, Srinagar police again wrote on X; “It is clarified that all legal procedures of formal arrest as mandated by law were fully followed. Family was clearly informed about the order of Hon’ble court regarding this. It is requested to kindly not fall prey to misinformation campaign by vested interests.”