Car bomb attack: CPI condemns scribe’s arrest

Last Updated: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 22:49

New Delhi: Arrest of a scribe in connection with the bombing of an Israeli diplomat`s vehicle was condemned on Friday by CPI which alleged that there was no basis
for Delhi Police to book him under such serious charges and
the move was to please Israel only.

Questioning the manner in which Syed Mohammed Ahmed Kazmi
was arrested, CPI General Secretary AB Bardhan said,
"Government has made the arrest without proper probe. This
journalist dealt with Palestine and Israel issue, what`s the
harm in it. It`s an attempt by government to please Israel."

Condemning the arrest, CPI Secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan
said Kazmi was a respected journalist.

"Kazmi was a Press Information Bureau (PIB) accredited
journalist with a career spanning 25 years. Government checks
the background of a journalist before giving PIB
accreditation," Anjaan said.

Questioning the evidence against Kazmi, Anjaan said being
a journalist covering middle east, it`s not wrong to have
content related to that area which may or may not be against
any particular country.

"He worked for an Iranian media organisation and ran a
news agency. A journalist deals with various kinds of
information. His laptop may have had content related to
Palestine and Israel but that is not against Indian laws", he
said.

"You don`t break any law by having pro Palestine or
anti-Israel content in laptops or books. There are many people
in India who support Palestine, it doesn`t make them wrong
under Indian laws", he added.

Kazmi was arrested on March 7 from his Jor Bagh residence
by Delhi police in connection with the bombing of an Israeli
diplomat`s car. Claiming that the February 13 bombing in the
heart of the Capital was a case of "international terrorism",
Delhi Police said 50-year-old Syed Mohammed Kazmi is alleged
to have helped the bomber conduct reconnaissance of the
Israeli embassy.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 22:49

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