Kazmi innocent, say friends and family

Family and friends of freelance journalist Syed Mohammed Kazmi rallied behind him.

New Delhi: Family and friends of freelance
journalist Syed Mohammed Kazmi, who was arrested by Delhi
police in connection with the bombing of an Israeli diplomat`s
car, today rallied behind him saying he was "innocent" and
alleging that he was being "mentally tortured" in custody.

The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) today held a press
conference here along with Kazmi`s two sons and demanded that
a fair and transparent investigation be conducted into the

"My father is innocent. He has not done any illegal
activity. He is a national hero..he covered the Iraq war for
the country. The police is mentally torturing my father,"
Kazmi`s son Shauzab said at a conference where he was flanked
by his father`s friends and long-time professional associates.

Shauzab (30) also alleged that the Special Cell of Delhi
Police is now calling up their relatives for investigation and
that he and his father were "forced" to sign on `arrest memos`
by the police on the day of his arrest.
Claiming that the February 13 bombing in the heart of the
capital was a case of "international terrorism", Delhi Police
had arrested 50-year-old Kazmi on March 7 alleging that he
helped the bomber conduct reconnaissance of the Israeli

"He has been working with the Iranian news agency for a
long time. He hardly showed any signs of jingoism, had
impeccable credentials and had a reputation of an upright
objective journalist with definite views," DUJ General
Secretary S K Pande said.

Pande said the Union, while expressing solidarity with
Kazmi and his family, has written to the Delhi police
Commissioner seeking his release on bail as he is cooperating
with investigators and that a charge sheet should immediately
be filed in the case.

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