Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday booked two newspapers for publishing a fake picture and captioning it as a slain nephew of Pakistan based LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Police said an FIR had been lodged against two newspapers for passing off a Jammu based Majid Khatana as the militant ‘Abu Zargam’ killed in Hajin encounter on Saturday, reports said.
The two newspapers, Dainik Jagran and Amar Ujala, have been booked under sections 505 and 153 of state’s Ranbir Penal Code.
Khatana a resident of Khatika Talab in Jammu was shocked after seeing his photograph published in these newspapers.
“Majid was shown as a slain militant by these two newspapers,” police said, adding that the photograph of Khatana was carried despite the fact that the identity of all the six slain militants in Hajin encounter had been fully established by forces.
He told news agency PTI that media houses had carried his picture as one of the six Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who were killed by Indian forces in Bandipora on Saturday.
“I was shocked on seeing my picture among the dead terrorists in electronic and print media,” Majid told PTI. “Somebody downloaded my picture from the Facebook account and circulated it as one of the dead terrorists.”
Majid, a barbecue seller at the Khati Ka Talab area in Jammu, said he was at home when he received a call informing him that that his picture was among the six dead militants. “I am not a terrorist. How can they carry my picture?,” he asked. “It is the negligence of media and the state administration.”
“I do not know whose conspiracy is this. But whoever has done it has tarnished my image,” he said. Majid added that he wanted his name to be cleared as soon as possible.
(Featured image: Majid Khatana)