French journalist arrested in Kashmir

Comiti Paul Edward was arrested late Sunday in the Kothibagh area of Srinagar, Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiyaz Ismael Parray told media.

Edward holds an Indian business visa valid until next December, but the visa does not permit him to make a documentary on political or security related issues, the officer said.

A case has been registered under the Passport Act and the French embassy has been informed about the arrest, Parray said.

Edward was shooting a documentary on occupied Kashmir and had met Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, pellet gun victims and captured stone pelting incidents in Srinagar, said a senior police official, who did not wish to be named.

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