IMPHAL: Reacting to the arrest of Afkar daily newspaper owner’s Pyare Miyan who is charged in the raping of four minor girls and running a sex racket in Madhya Pradesh, the Indian Journalist Union has demanded strictest actions to be taken up against him as other than his heinous crimes he had sullied the profession of journalism. Further, the Union demanded the SIT to investigate the matter thoroughly in the backdrop of rumors he had a ‘quid pro quo relationship with those in power’.
In a press release, Miyan, who was absconding carried a reward of Rs 30,000 on his head, and was arrested in Srinagar on Wednesday following a group of minor girls in capital Bhopal being found by police in a disoriented condition on the city outskirts. Investigations revealed Miyan brought out Afkar, solely for government advertisements and to get access to politicians, police and bureaucrats. SP of South Sai Krishna, Thota told that Miyan had travelled abroad with minor girls in the past few years, though he passed these off as treatment or business related.
He was dealing in property and owns several properties in Bhopal and Indore and the district administration demolished a wedding hall built illegally by him and a flat among others. His flat, which the police broke into, resembles a dance bar with expensive liquor bottles and child pornography, sex toys etc. Miyan’s 21-year-old woman accomplice, a driver, and a manager were taken into custody.
In a statement, IJU president and former member, Press Council of India Geetartha Pathak and secretary general and IFJ vice president Sabina Inderjit, regretted the media was getting a bad name because of crooks like Miyan. They welcomed cancellation of his accreditation and withdrawal of government quarter allotment in Professors’ Colony from where he ran his office. Noting Miyan’s activities suggested he had support of those in power, the IJU insisted a thorough probe and all, including the powerful, be brought to book. Recalling, a similar case of Brajesh Thakur, who claimed to be a journalist and ran a sex racket in a girls’ shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the Union called upon its members and journalist fraternity to uphold ethical standards and expose those who were misusing the profession for personal gains and power.