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‘IM operative’ Tahseen Akhtar discharged by court ; no media coverage about his innocence


News Delhi : The alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) India chief Tehseen Akhtar and Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas have been discharged by a Delhi court on 26th of Feb in a case relating to the terror groups conspiracy to carry out strikes in the national capital. The court cited the lack of evidence against them in the case while discharging them.

This news was published by PTI same day but hardly any media coverage was there barring one or two. The case is another media bias against the Muslims.

It may be mentioned here that when these two men were arrested (Tahseen on March 25, 2014 from near Kakarvitta Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal and Zia-ur-Rehman was arrested outside Ajmer Railway Station on March 22, 2014),they made headlines along with the photograph of Tehseen in almost all the media whether print or electronics but the discharge of these two men have gone off the media.

Few headlines among many to be quoted here which shows how sensitive was the media while covering the arrest of these two men on the said date. The reported as “Indian Mujahideen boss Tehseen Akhtar’s arrest leaves terror outfit headless”. Times of India reported as “Top Indian Mujahideen operative Tehsin Akhtar arrested”. ABP Live reported as “IM Chief Tehseen Akhtar arrested”

As per the PTI report published the court, however, framed charges against other five accused namely Syed Maqbool, Imran Khan, Asad Khan, Syed Feroz and Irfan Mustafa under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosive Substances Act and under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.The next date of hearing is on March 28 for the matter of recording of evidence against them.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had chargesheeted these accused alleging that they were in conspiracy to carry out terror strikes in the national capital.

Advocate M S Khan, who had represented Akhtar and Waqas countered the Police allegation and said that there was no evidence against his clients and they were falsely implicated in the case.

The media has done more damage to the image of Muslims than any government machinery.The positive side of the community is hardly been reported or even if reported,it is given on margins of the media specially the case of acquittals or discharge of the charges of terrorism.

The media is considered to be the fourth pillar of democracy but the biased reporting in the case of Muslims seems to have eroded the image of most of the media.

The degeneration of the media has taken place since the vested corporate interest have taken over the media and it is now being used as a tool to serve its masters.

Courtesy: Muslim Mirror

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