What? A journalist with ties to a jihad group? Say it ain’t so, Edward R. Murrow! You mean to tell me that there is a journalist out there who isn’t as pure as the driven snow, and who actually has joined up with the global jihad? Pshaw. Next you’re going to try to convince me that the Qana massacre photos were faked with the willing participation of the assembled photojournalists — why, that’s just too much for me to believe.
From AP, with thanks to DFS:
Indian police on Monday arrested a journalist over his alleged ties to an outlawed Islamic group suspected of taking part in the Bombay train bombings.
However, investigator K.P. Raghuvanshi cautioned that the journalist, Danish Sheikh, who works as an editor for the Urdu Times, an Urdu language newspaper, is not suspected of playing any direct role in the July 11 bombings of Bombay’s crowded commuter rail network, that killed at least 207 people.
Rather, Raghuvanshi said he is suspected of assisting Students Islamic Movement of India, a banned Islamic group that authorities say may have played a role in the series of seven bomb blasts, along with militants based in Pakistan.
Documents linking Sheikh with SIMI, as the group is known, were allegedly seized from his home, Raghuvanshi said.
Later Monday, when Sheikh appeared before a Bombay court, public prosecutor B.F. Heere told the court that the suspect had traveled to Iran earlier this year, and that “more than a hundred jihadi books were also found and seized from his residence.”
Heere said the literature included 25 copies of a book by SIMI.
“We suspect he sold and distributed the books on jihad in Bombay,” the prosecutor said. “He was an active SIMI member and was fluent in English, Hindi, Persian, Arabic and Urdu.”