Journalist arrested for revealing poor security storage of weapons
Dwivedi had reported on June 28, 2010, on the poor storage conditions for what local media call "sophisticated weapons" that had been bought by security forces after the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. More than 50 people died at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus, which is also the area where the weapons are cached. The important rail hub for suburban and long-distance rail traffic was one of the first targets to be hit in the terrorist attacks in which 164 people were killed during a three-day siege in the area around the station.
Dwivedi's report in the tabloid Mumbai Mirror said the weapons were being stored in a space with a leaky roof, and their ability to function might have been compromised.
"Instead of jailing Tarakant Dwivedi as a criminal, police should be thanking him for revealing a potential security lapse," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. "This is a classic case of punishing the messenger for the very important message he has delivered."
On Thursday, more than 200 journalists and media workers marched in Mumbai to protest Dwivedi's arrest, according to local media reports.