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December 24, 2009

Navbharat Times copies burnt in Jamia Nagar to protest biased report, residents upset with newspaper for defaming locality

Hundreds of residents, activists and local politicians burnt the copies of the Hindi newspaper Navbharat Times today.

They were upset with the newspaper for its reports that allegedly defamed Jamia Nagar and the university.

The call to burn the copies of the paper had been given in advance. The Hindi paper had published a report 'SIMI controlled from Jamia'.

The newspaper report apparently suggested that the Muslim-dominated locality was den of the banned shady organisation and this was resented by protesters.

The protest was led by Congress leader Amanatullah Khan. The speakers said that a newspaper is supposed to enlighten the society with its articles but the Navbharat Times has deliberately published a mischievous report.

The organisers said that the news report was clearly written with malafide intentions and it was apparent that its sole aim was to defame the residents of Jamia Nagar and also target the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university.

Navbharat Times is the Hindi paper of Times of India group. Legal action could also be taken against the paper for unethical and communal journalism, said protesters.

TIH Bureau

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