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On return from J&K, Pune teen blames media trial for ordeal

The teen’s mother and members of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), including city unit member Anjum Inamdar, were present at the press conference. They also blamed the media for putting her through a ‘media trial’.

pune Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:20 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The 18-year-old defended intelligence agencies.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

The Pune teen who was recently detained by the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police based on ‘misinterpreted’ intelligence inputs provided by central agencies, blamed trial by media for the ordeal she suffered. At the same time, she defended the intelligence agencies saying that they were doing their job diligently.

“Please note that I wasn’t caught or arrested. I myself went to the police,” said the 18-year-old whose identity has been protected by this newspaper. Addressing a press conference on Monday, she pointed out that while the security forces did not declare her a suicide bomber, it was “the media which ran stories without any confirmation.”

The teen’s mother and members of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), including city unit member Anjum Inamdar, were present at the press conference. They also blamed the media for putting her through a ‘media trial’.

The girl along with her family members returned to the city on Sunday after the J&K police released her while admitting that they had wrongly interpreted intelligence inputs.

On January 25, the teenager was detained in South Kashmir on the suspicion of being a suicide bomber. Previously, this convent educated girl was detained by Pune police in 2015 after her parents complained of her being radicalised through the Internet. She was later let off by the police following “de-radicalisation” by the clergy.

Referring to that period, her mother said, “She may have committed mistakes. She may have made some comments about ISIS and said some things but that does not mean that my child is a big criminal.”

After the 2015 inquiry, when the girl was in Class 12, she secured admission to a pharmacy college for a bachelor’s degree. When asked about the purpose of her visit to Kashmir, her mother said she suffered hostility from society as a result of her 2015 controversy and therefore, had to get away from Pune.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 15:16 IST