The Editors Guild of India, citizens’ groups, civil rights activists and readers have come out strongly against the Ahmedabad Police for filing a case of sedition against The Times of India, the editor of its Ahmedabad edition, a correspondent and a photographer.
It may be recalled that a case of sedition and conspiracy against The Times of India was registered by the Ahmedabad Police on the basis of a complaint by O P Mathur, the newly-appointed city police commissioner.
Mathur’s complaint came in response to a series of documented investigative reports published by the paper, questioning his competence to guarantee the security of the people of Ahmedabad, which is high on the hit list of terrorists.
The reports carried in The Times of India essentially were a scrutiny of Mathur’s track record in view of the challenge posed by terrorists. Mathur, however, alleged that they were meant “to undermine the lawful authority of police force of Ahmedabad city, a part of state government established by law”.
Meanwhile, citizens’ groups have been circulating SMSes expressing solidarity with The Times of India and asking people to ‘protest and condemn’ the action of the Ahmedabad police.