Srinagar- Despite authority letters from the Election Commissioner of India, the Indian troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) stopped journalists from entering a polling station in Srinagar outskirts and allowed them only after police intervened.
While covering polls for Srinagar Lok Sabha Constituency in the outskirts of Srinagar city’s Baghwanpora, Noorbagh, several journalists were barred by CRPF to enter polling stations despite having authority letters.
“You are not allowed to enter. You can’t go inside. Media is not allowed,” a reporter, working with New Delhi-based news channel, told GNS, while quoting a CRPF trooper posted at the polling station.
He, however, said after police men posted at the polling station intervened and told CRPF men ‘not interfere in the work of media persons’.
“The CRPF men even tried to argue with police but police categorically told them not to intervene as we were carrying authority letters and later we were allowed to go inside,” he said. The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of CRPF, Kishore Prasad told GNS that he will look into the matter.