Journalist Siddique Kappan Reported to Incite Muslims, Says UP Police Chargesheet

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Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan.

The Hathras case detainee has also been accused of biased reporting on anti-CAA protests, Tablighi gathering, Delhi riots, etc.

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan, who is in jail under the draconian UAPA since October 2020, “only and only reports to incite Muslims”, reads the chargesheet against him and three others in the Hathras conspiracy case by Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF).

Kappan who completed one year in prison was arrested along with three others when they were on their way to Hathras to meet the family of the Dalit girl who was allegedly gang-raped and murdered by four upper-caste men.

The 5,000-page chargesheet highlights portions from 36 articles written by Kappan for a Malayalam media house — on the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering after the Coronavirus outbreak, protest against CAA, anti-Muslim pogrom in northeast Delhi, the Ram temple in the site of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, and the chargesheet against Muslim student activist Sharjeel Imam who was jailed on sedition and UAPA charges, reported Indian Express.

The chargesheet alleges that Kappan did not write like a “responsible journalist”. Instead his writings show he “sympathises” with communists and Maoists.

“In the writing, the Muslims have been portrayed as victims (who) were beaten up by police and were asked to go to Pakistan. It is evident from the writing that it has been done to incite Muslims,” read a note in the chargesheet on violence at AMU campus during anti-CAA protests.

“These writings of Siddique Kappan, to a great extent, can be classified as communal. During riots, taking the name of a minority and talking about events related to them can incite sentiments. Responsible journalists do not do such communal reporting. Kappan only and only reports to incite Muslims, which is a hidden agenda of PFI (Popular Front of India). Some stories were written to sympathise with Maoists and Communists,” the chargesheet adds.

The police have obtained data including news stories from Kappan’s laptop, the report said.

He was attempting to publish “anti-Hindu” stories on a Malayalam website with the intention to flame Delhi riots, alleges police.

The chargesheet also alleges that Kappan tried to hide the death of inspector Ankit Sharma who was killed by mob during Delhi riots and also did not highlight the alleged role of former AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, jailed under the UAPA, in riots.

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