Siddique walked out of the jail as a free man on 25th February 2013 only to live with the ordeal that he has suffered for six months while he was behind bars. Addressing a presser, the one-time youth with big dreams, looked a sad serious man.
Siddique narrated the way the suspects were being treated, and how they were subjected to serious torture on their private parts. He also narrated being questioned about being a native of Jammu & Kashmir, “how regular was I with my prayers” and so on. Siddique did believe that the investigative agencies are insensitive towards certain sections when they have to find culprits for a particular charge.
Siddique also said about the way media reported the arrests and sensationalized the whole episode. As per him, the basic principles of journalism are not considered, except by few media agencies whenever terrorism related coverage is done. The police version is taken as sacred and nothing done by the media in order to examine the contradiction narrated by them and questioning their rationale.
It’s ironical that Siddique while pursuing his post-graduation had shown his interest in doing a thesis on “Media coverage of terrorism suspects” which he could not pursue due to lack of required support. He was himself subjected to the same treatment on which his research was to be based on.
Siddique now hopes the court, which absolved him of all charges after he was labeled as the mastermind of the whole plot, also frees the rest of the suspects. He says that they also should be freed in reasonable time, as being granted freedom after a prolonged period is meaningless. Siddique's case becomes the third in which a journalist had been arrested for terror charges initially, and later on, released on bail by the respective courts.
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