Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali
Kamran Yousuf is a freelance Kashmiri photojournalist. He was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), India’s federal anti-terror organization, on 5 September 2017 and has been in police custody since. Kamran has been alleged of anti-national activities and a kingpin to lead anti-India protests and stone pelting.
Kamran Yusuf was born on 26 January 1994 in Pulwama, Kashmir. He is an alumnus of Government Degree College Pulwama. Kamran dropped out of college in 2014 and took to photojournalism, gradually becoming a well-known name within the journalist fraternity of not only Pulwama but across the Kashmir valley as well.
Kamran was just two years old when his parents separated, and his mother Rubeena Tahseen shifted into her father’s house at Tahab Pulwama. Rubeena took up work as a teacher-cum-clerk at a local private school to support her son and herself.
Kamran has worked as a freelance photojournalist with Greater Kashmir, Kashmir valley’s largest circulated English daily. His photographs have also featured in Kashmir Times and Kashmir Uzma. He has worked as a reporter and stringer for two Urdu television channels, Chandigarh-based channel Gulistan News and Hyderabad-based news channel Musnif TV.
“He has reported development work as well. He has reported army programmes as well as police programmes. I have sent all these photographs to Patiala court also”, says Irshad Ganai, Kamran’s Maternal uncle.
Kamran Yousuf was granted bail on 12th March 2018 by an NIA special court. He spent six months in the Jail. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat asked Kamran Yousuf to furnish two sureties of Rs 50,000.