Indian police arrests French journalist for filming


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Indian police arrested a freelance French journalist in Kashmir for violating visa regulations, the city police chief said, after he was found filming for a documentary without permission.

Comiti Edward was arrested late Sunday in the Kothibagh area of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, Senior SP Imtiyaz Parray told Reuters.

Parray said Edward holds an Indian business visa valid until December 2018, but the visa does not permit him to make a documentary on political or security related issues.

He said a case has been registered under the Passport Act and the French embassy has been informed about the arrest.

Edward was shooting a documentary on Kashmir and had met separatist leader Mirwaiz 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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