New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday evening registered an FIR towards The Wire and two of its journalists for reporting the illegal demolition of a mosque in Barabanki.
The mosque was reportedly demolished by the local administration on 17 May 2021, which was reported by The Wire and several other different media outlets in India and overseas.
On this video it may be seen that native individuals could be seen telling concerning the unlawful demolition of Garib Nawaz Al Maruf Mosque at Ramsanehi Ghat in Barabanki.
The video exhibits The Wire journalists wanting to satisfy Jitendra Katiyar, the present Sub-Divisional Justice of the Peace (SDM) of Ramsnehi Ghat, to debate the matter, however Katiyar refuses to touch upon the matter saying he’ll take over. He wouldn’t be capable to touch upon it for the reason that mosque was allegedly demolished earlier than
The phrase mosque has not been used within the FIR registered by the Barabanki police and the demolished structure has been described as an unlawful constructing.
The FIR states that the videos posted on Twitter by The Wire and its two journalists Siraj Ali, Mukul Singh Chouhan spread enmity within the society and disturb communal harmony.
Aside from The Wire, Siraj Ali and Mukul Singh Chauhan, the FIR additionally names Mohd Anees, secretary of the mosque committee, and Mohd Naeem, a local resident who was talked to within the video.
This FIR has been registered on the basis of the complaint of a police officer.
The video was made at Ramsanehi Ghat and was aired on The Wire’s YouTube channel on 22 June 2021. It was uploaded as a story on The Wire’s web site and was tweeted the next day.
Describing these allegations of Barabanki Police as baseless, The Wire accused the UP government of criminalizing the work of journalists reporting within the state.
The video was concerning the destruction of a mosque situated inside the premises of Ramsnehi Ghat tehsil by the district administration on Could 17.
The administration, in its order, had told its illegal construction instead of the mosque.
The Wire had reported that the Garib Nawaz Al Maruf Masjid is registered with the UP Sunni Waqf Board. The Waqf Board has termed the activity of the district administration illegal and has moved the Allahabad High Court against it.
Based on the Indian Express report, Barabanki District Magistrate Adarsh Singh mentioned in a press release issued on Thursday evening that the video comprises false and baseless info.
He mentioned, ‘The video contains many false and baseless statements, one of which says that the administration and police had thrown spiritual texts into the drain and river. This is wrong. Nothing of the type had happened. Via such misinformation, The Wire is attempting to spread enmity within the society and disturb communal harmony.
Barabanki Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad mentioned that Mohammad Naeem has been named within the FIR as he made a false assertion about spiritual texts being thrown into the river and rivulet.
Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, mentioned in a media assertion on Thursday, “That is the fourth FIR of UP Police towards The Wire and its journalists within the final 14 months and each case is baseless. Yogi Adityanath authorities doesn’t consider in freedom of media and believes in criminalizing the work of journalists reporting within the state.
“In Uttar Pradesh, politicians and anti-social parts are brazenly spreading communal hatred and advocating violence, however the police don’t see it as communal concord and disturbing regulation and order, however when journalists are exposing the wrongdoing of the federal government. If she experiences the statements of the widespread individuals, then an FIR is registered instantly. The Wire is just not afraid of such gimmicks.
In Barabanki, IPC sections 153 (intentional provocation with intent to trigger rioting), 153A (selling enmity between totally different teams), 505 (1) (b) (selling concern in society), 120B (prison conspiracy) and 34 (basic intent) An FIR has been registered beneath
Different cases registered by police
Ten days in the past on June 14, an FIR was registered towards The Wire in Ghaziabad over a tweet. Really this tweet was concerning the assault on a Muslim man in Ghaziabad.
On the identical time, in February 2021, Rampur Police had registered an FIR towards Varadarajan and The Wire’s journalist Ismat Ara for reporting the claims of his grandfather on the demise of a younger farmer throughout the farmers’ demonstration on 26 January 2021. The farmer’s grandfather had mentioned in his assertion that his grandson didn’t die in an accident however resulting from bullet accidents.
Earlier in April 2020, the Ayodhya Police had registered an FIR towards Varadarajan over a report printed in The Wire. It was advised on this report that there’s a plan to prepare a giant spiritual program in Ayodhya, whereas the Muslim sect was focused for spreading the corona virus within the Tablighi Jamaat case in Delhi.
On this regard, the Ayodhya Police reached Varadarajan’s home to take Varadarajan to Ayodhya police station in April, amid the nationwide lockdown in 2020.