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New Delhi: During the Hathras case of Uttar Pradesh, a Delhi-based journalist Siddiqui Kappan was arrested against whom the Special Task Force of UP had filed a 5000-page charge sheet, dated January 23, 2021.
As per indianexpress, while on his way to Hathras following the murder of a Dalit woman, he did not write like a “responsible” journalist, “only and only reports to incite Muslims”, and also wrote to “sympathise with Maoists and Communists”
I report on the chargesheet filed following arrest of Siddique Kappan and 3 others as they face UAPA. The documents have highlighted pieces written by Kappan as "only and only to incite Muslims" and that he did not write like how "responsible journalists" should. pic.twitter.com/hQskGQT35C— Amil Bhatnagar (@AmilwithanL) October 1, 2021
Now some important things about this charge sheet have been published in the media.
According to reports, the affidavit contains a diary note of an investigating officer. In this, he has highlighted the 36 articles of Kappan which were recovered from his laptop. These articles talk on issues like Nizamuddin Markaz, Anti CAA Protest, Delhi Riots, Ram Mandir, Sharjeel Imam.
The affidavit states that Kappan did not write as a responsible journalist. His job was only to instigate Muslims. His sympathies were with the Maoists and Communists. In an article written on CAA Protest in AMU, he had shown as if the Muslims who were beaten up were victims and the police had asked them to go to Pakistan.
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The STF termed this type of writing as communal and mentioned that responsible journalists do not do communal reporting. Kappan used to instigate only and only Muslims, which is a hidden agenda of PFI.
Kappan was arrested in October last year in Mathura along with PFI members Atikur Rehman, Masood Ahmed and his driver. They were detained for sedition and under UAPA. The note in the charge sheet claims that Kappan was acting like a think tank of PFI. He was trying to publish anti-Hindu news in Malayalam and inciting Delhi riots.
The police also accused him of trying to hide the deaths of Intelligence Bureau officer Ankit Sharma and head constable Ratan Lal and downplaying the role of suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in the Delhi riots. The probe agency said that Kappan in his writings had been denying the terror of the banned organization SIMI.
The police have also put the statements of such people in the charge sheet which show that Kappan and Rehman were engaged in instigating the crowd against the administration. In this charge sheet, the STF has submitted hundreds of pages of his articles written in Malayalam and their translation. Along with these call records, details of transactions in the accounts of PFI functionaries are also presented.
It also contains the statement of Gyanendra Singh Solanki, in charge of Munt toll plaza, where he has said that Kappan and Rehman are associated with PFI, 1,717 inflammatory pamphlets were recovered from them on their way to Hathras.