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NEW DELHI: A Milli Gazette reporter Pushp Sharma was picked up by the Delhi Police from his Lajpat Nagar residence at 6:30 pm earlier on Tuesday.
The reporter has been called in for a clarification in connection with a report he published which claimed that as per an RTI reply from the Ayush ministry no Muslim was appointed as a yoga instructor.
“We have picked up Sharma for a second clarification,” said deputy commissioner of police (South) Prem Nath. “The questioning is on going and we will take action accordingly.”
According to Dr Zafarul Islam, editor of the Mill Gazette, Sharma was called by the police to the Kotla Mubarakpur police station in South Delhi. “Our reporter said that he was happy to speak to the police on the phone and sort out all clarifications. “Police officials then went to his house and took him away in a van. We gave been trying to get in touch with him since evening but his phone is not being answered,” said Islam.
According to a statement released by the Milli Gazette, Sharma has been picked up in connection to his story based on an RTI reply received from the Ayush ministry saying that as per government policy, it did not recruit any Muslim as yoga trainer.
In reponse to this article the Ayush ministry released a statement strongly condemning the report. “This piece of misreporting is aimed at causing chasm between different sections of the society and aimed at promoting disharmony and mistrust,” the statement said.
Countering this statement, the MG uploaded all relevant papers on its website. “We stand by our reporter and his story,” said Islam.
Five hours after being picked up, Sharma’s investigation was on going.