Journalist arrested: RSF calls for explanations
SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
Since 4 December, Abdul Rouf and his wife have been held under a weapons law. Police, who presented a first report (FIR 341/2006), accuse them of sheltering armed separatists at their home. The couple's family denies the accusations, saying that they have never committed any crimes. Between 21 November and 4 December, the journalist was held at the Special Operations Group (SOG) centre without ever going before a judge. A police officer in Srinagar, reached by telephone by Reporters Without Borders, refused to give any information about the reasons for their detention.Described by his colleagues as "calm and loyal in his work", Abdul Rouf was a calligrapher for various publications in Srinagar for 15 years. For the past four years he has worked as deputy editor for "Srinagar News". The couple's two daughters, Rafiya and Rubiya, and their son, Amir, who is a deaf-mute, told the newspaper "Greater Kashmir" how the SOG agents searched the family home in Srinagar on the night of 21 November. They have been forced to take refuge at the home of a neighbour. They have been unable to return home since the house has been sealed and "police are preventing the children from having access to their clothes, books and toys," the journalist's brother told "Greater Kashmir".
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