Muslim watchmaker branded as terrorist

Riyaz Ahmed, a 45-year-old watchmaker who is selling watches for two decades in the city, accused falsely as terrorists by local news channels has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the police. Riyaz's picture was beamed as a suspect terrorist after a security incident at the city’s Majestic metro station, involving an unidentified person carrying metallic objects, set off an alarm. The man refused to be frisked and left the station after he was refused entry. after seeing his picture through the media, Riyaz himself came forward to the police station and presented in front of the police. the local news channels broadcasted rumours about him as a suspected terrorist with no evidence to back up. later he said to media that “I was projected as a terror suspect. They said I have come to the city to carry out a terrorist attack similar to what happened in Sri Lanka. I am a poor watchmaker with a wife and children to support. This is my country. This is where I was born, and this is where I will die. I never thought I will be branded as a terrorist one day,”. Responding to the case police said that “With no evidence, some media channels marked Riyaz out and said he was also a terror suspect. He has been selling watches in Majestic for over two decades now. We cleared him after a thorough background check,”. Riyaz has filed a complaint against Public TV channel, the local news network which falsely projected him as a ‘terrorist’. City Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar blamed the media for creating an unwarranted fear psychosis among citizens and warned them against reckless rumour mongering.

Other Informations
Source of information News Report Place of incident Public transport
Number of victims 2 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Public transport Was cross FIR filed Not Applicable
perpetrator Organizational Other public institutions Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Bengaluru city police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 13, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Riyaz Ahamad and other
    Name of Perpetrator Local Public TV channel
    State Karnataka
    District/City Bangalore City
    Party In Power / Incidents JDS - Janata Dal (Secular)
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