DELHI-BASED journalist Siddique Kappan, who was arrested a yr in the past on prices of sedition whereas on his approach to Hathras following the homicide of a Dalit girl, didn’t write like a “accountable” journalist, “solely and solely stories to incite Muslims”, and in addition wrote to “sympathise with Maoists and Communists”, the UP Particular Process Power (STF) is learnt to have acknowledged within the chargesheet filed towards him.
The 5,000-page chargesheet features a case diary observe, dated January 23, 2021, by which the investigating officer highlights parts from 36 articles written by Kappan for a Malayalam media home — on the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering after the Covid outbreak, anti-CAA protests, Northeast Delhi riots, the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the chargesheet towards Sharjeel Imam who was jailed on sedition prices.
Referring to one among these articles “written throughout the CAA protests in AMU,” the observe states: “Within the writing, the Muslims have been portrayed as victims (who) had been crushed up by police and had been requested to go to Pakistan. It’s evident from the writing that it has been executed to incite Muslims.”
The observe concludes: “These writings of Siddique Kappan, to an incredible extent, may be categorised as communal. Throughout riots, taking the identify of a minority and speaking about occasions associated to them can incite sentiments. Accountable journalists don’t do such communal reporting. Kappan solely and solely stories to incite Muslims, which is a hidden agenda of PFI (Fashionable Entrance of India). Some tales had been written to sympathise with Maoists and Communists.”
The chargesheet was filed in April this yr, months after Kappan, PFI members Atikur Rahman and Masud Ahmad, and their driver Alam, had been arrested in Mathura on October 5 final yr whereas on their approach to Hathras. They had been booked beneath UAPA and on prices of sedition.
The STF has claimed that the PFI wished to create unrest and a riot-like scenario within the garb of a protest demanding justice for the Hathras sufferer, who had been allegedly assaulted and gangraped resulting in her loss of life in a Delhi hospital — and whose hurried cremation by the UP administration on the night time of September 29, 2020, led to nationwide outrage.
In line with the case diary observe, the articles are a part of information obtained from Kappan’s laptop computer after it had been despatched to the forensic laboratory.
Within the observe, police declare that Kappan labored as a “assume tank” of the PFI. It alleges that he was making an attempt to publish “anti-Hindu” tales within the Malayalam media and had plans to inflame the Delhi riots. Police additionally accuse him of making an attempt to cover the loss of life of Intelligence Bureau officer Ankit Sharma and head constable Ratan Lal, and downplaying the alleged function of suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, within the Delhi riots.
The investigating company additionally alleges that Kappan, by his writing, has tried to disclaim terrorism carried out by the banned organisation SIMI.
Police have additionally submitted statements from two eyewitnesses who declare that Kappan and Rahman had been making an attempt to incite a crowd towards the administration, the day after the sufferer’s physique had been cremated.
“A whole lot of crowd had gathered as a result of entry to the village had been barred as a result of presence of SIT. There have been some individuals who had been making an attempt to incite the group into taking motion towards the Thakurs. Two individuals within the crowd had been making speeches and distributing cash. I establish them as Atiqur Rahman and Siddique Kappan as they’d informed me their names,” police quote a resident of a neighbouring village as having informed them.
One other particular person from the identical village, who claims to be an eyewitness, has recorded the same assertion with the UP STF, paperwork present.
The lawyer for the accused, nonetheless, stated they weren’t even within the area presently, and had been solely arrested on their approach to Hathras, two days later. “These are doubtful eyewitness statements for the reason that accused had not been capable of attain the village within the first place and had been arrested on the best way to it,” stated Madhuvan Dutt, the counsel for the accused.
The STF has additionally submitted a whole lot of pages containing articles in Malayalam and their translations. Name element data and particulars of transactions to accounts of PFI workplace bearers have additionally been submitted to spotlight allegedly doubtful funding to create unrest, the paperwork present.
An announcement by Mant Toll Plaza in-charge Gyanendra Singh Solanki, which is a part of the chargesheet, states: “The accused had been arrested throughout checking on the freeway. The accused stated they wished to get justice for the sufferer and didn’t cease regardless of repeated requests. Besides the driving force Alam, the individuals had 1,717 pamphlets which had particulars of methods to trigger caste primarily based violence and create an enormous legislation and order scenario. In addition to Alam, the three individuals are discovered to be energetic members of PFI’s affiliate Campus Entrance of India (CFI). The accused had been a part of a number of WhatsApp teams. The accused had been directed to create rigidity in Hathras space in reference to the homicide and gang-rape.”
Final week, an order was issued by a Lucknow courtroom to switch Rahman to AIIMS in Delhi following deterioration in his well being. The case towards the 4 is being heard in a Mathura courtroom and prices are but to be framed.