While most of the Indian media has politely started using such words as ‘allegedly’ and ‘police officials claim’ in their reportage of the post-blasts arrests, some “sections,” as they say, have actually started doing journalism by pointing out the holes in the police theories.
“For justice to be done, the facts need to add up,” says this NDTV report which counts the contradictions between what the Ahemadabad and Delhi police have to say. Their contradictions begin right at the beginning: Is “Indian Mujahideen” SIMI or someone else?
But the best reporting is being done by Mail Today, which unfortunately has a very heavy, difficult-to-navigate registration-mandatory epaper for a website. But nevertheless, we have some to offer. They report on the manner with which the Delhi police is exploring the Manipal ‘angle’ of the Delhi blasts: by communal profiling of students who study there!
So if what happened in Jamia Nagar was an ‘encounter,’ why were the slain ‘terrorists’ shot in the head, clearly indicating the intent to kill? Aren’t you supposed to shoot in the legs? That is the sort of reporting that gets the other side of the story, rather than just asking, again and again. Even the Karnataka police have “rubbished” the Udupi ‘angle’. So which exotic city is going to be chosen? It is the packaging that matters, not the product. Perhaps taking a cue from the media’s need to neatly package and thereby sensationalise, the police have learnt the art. If the arrested “terrorists” have Arabic scarves on them, who will doubt that they indeed are terrorists? Case solved!
And amidst such sensationalism, the simplest of questions remain unasked. So how many times will the “Indian Mujahideen” “mastermind” be arrested? In their email after the Delhi blasts, the “Indian Mujahideen” wrote:
Now is the time that the public and media should question this disgraced unprofessional rascal that if he boasts of arresting masterminds and key terrorists “all over India” then which “mastermind” executed today’s attack? Which “terror module” slapped your ugly face today? [Source]
So this time again we are being told, by the police and an uncritical media, that the mastermind is in, and with every one claiming to have caught or killed the “Indian Mujahideen” kingpin, I only hope the hate machine called the “Indian Mujahideen” doesn’t respond with another attack, another email, another excuse for avenging the arrests and encounters of (allegedly!) innocent Muslim Indians. If only the media stops being the mouthpiece of the state…
I’ll be updating this post with more links, please feel free to leave in the comments section links to news reports that investigate the investigations.