Reporters Without Orders Ep 126: The murder of Shahid Alam and Delhi police’s chargesheet

A reporters’ podcast about what made news and what shouldn’t have.

ByNL Team
Reporters Without Orders Ep 126: The murder of Shahid Alam and Delhi police’s chargesheet
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In this episode, host Snigdha Sharma is joined by Newslaundry’s Ayush Tiwari and Basant Kumar

They delve into the second report of the NL Sena series by Ayush and Basant on the deadly communal carnage that engulfed the national capital in February this year. The new report deals with the murder of Shahid Alam on February 24 during the riots. The crime branch arrested six Muslim men for the murder based on eye-witness statements by three migrant workers, all of whom told Newslaundry that their statements are fabricated.

The conversation begins with details of the statements of the arrested suspects and eyewitnesses and moves on to discuss the glaring discrepancies in the chargesheet. Basant tells Snigdha how the chargesheet says Mukesh, the primary eyewitness, had identified Raees Khan, but the case diary has no mention of the name. In fact, even Mukesh says he doesn’t know any Raees Khan or the suspects who were brought in front of him at the police station for identification. Ayush goes on to shed light on how the Delhi police have not been very responsive to Ayush and Basant’s questions.

This and a lot more as they talk about what made news, what didn’t, and what shouldn’t have.

Tune in!


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Recorded by Lipi Vats, Produced by Aditya Varier, edited by Umrav Singh

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