Hathras: Kerala scribe booked for sedition

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7

After submitting an affidavit in the apex court claiming that vested interests attempted to incite caste violence in the name of Hathras tragedy, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Wednesday booked four persons, including Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan, for sedition.

The four were arrested on Monday when they were on way to meet the kin of the Hathras victim with cops alleging their links to the Popular Front of India.

The four were sent to judicial custody even as the Kerala Union of Journalists moved a habeas corpus petition in the SC over the arrest. The FIR, in addition to other charges, also mentions IPC Section 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings).

Meanwhile, the SIT probing the Hathras case was today given 10 more days to wind up its investigation amid claims by cops of fresh evidence that the brother of the victim was in touch with the prime accused in the gang-rape case.

The Congress, meanwhile, described the turn of events in UP as “Orwellian”, saying that it was the first time that a government was harassing the victim’s kin instead of the perpetrators. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi slammed the UP Government for slapping sedition charges. “They are using sedition as if it is a pick-pocketing offence,” he said.

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