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NewsClick founder conspired to peddle narrative that Kashmir, Arunachal disputed territories: Police

NewsClick founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha. Supply: Wikimedia Commons.

The Delhi Police has accused NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha, arrested in a case filed underneath anti-terror legislation UAPA following expenses that the portal acquired cash to unfold pro-China propaganda, of conspiring to hawk a story that Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are disputed territories.

Purkayastha and the human assets division head at NewsClick, Amit Chakravarty, have been arrested by the Particular Cell of the Delhi Police on Tuesday.

Of their remand utility, police mentioned: “Secret inputs revealed that Purkayastha, Neville Roy Singham and some other Chinese employees of Singham-owned Shanghai-based company have exchanged mails which expose their intent to show Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as not part of India.”

“Such attempts by these persons reveal their conspiracy to peddle a narrative, both globally and domestically, that Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are disputed territories. Their attempts to tinker with the northern borders of India and to show Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as not parts of India in maps amount to an act intended towards undermining the unity and territorial integrity of India,” the appliance mentioned.

It was additionally learnt that Gautam Navlakha, a shareholder in NewsClick, was concerned in anti-India and illegal actions, similar to actively supporting banned Naxal organisations and having an anti-national nexus with Gulam Nabi Fai, an agent of Pakistani spy company ISI, it said.

It has additionally been learnt that international funds have been siphoned off by Purkayastha and his associates, police mentioned.

“The accused persons have also conspired to disrupt supplies and services essential to the life of community in India and abet damage and destruction of property by protraction of farmers’ protest through such illegal foreign funding,” the appliance mentioned.

A false narrative was propagated to discredit the Indian authorities’s efforts to curb the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic, police mentioned within the utility.

It was learnt that Purkayastha conspired with a gaggle — Folks’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism — to sabotage the electoral course of in the course of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It was additionally learnt that Folks’s Dispatch Portal, owned and maintained by NewsClick, was used for deliberately peddling these false narratives in lieu of crores of rupees of illegally routed international funds as a part of a conspiracy, the appliance said.

An evaluation of e-mails exhibits that Singham, Purkayastha and Chakravarty have been in direct contact with one another and have been discovered to be discussing how one can create a map of India with out Kashmir and to indicate Arunachal Pradesh as a disputed space, it added.

To attain the target, the accused, within the guise of international funds, acquired greater than Rs 115 crore, in accordance with the appliance.

Raids have been carried out on Tuesday at 88 areas in Delhi and 7 areas in different states on the suspects named within the FIR, police mentioned.

The Delhi Police had utilized for 15 days’ police remand for each the accused and bought their custody for seven days.

Police have sealed NewsClick’s workplace in Delhi, officers mentioned, including that 46 suspects have been questioned and digital units, together with laptops and cell phones, moreover paperwork, taken away for examination.

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