Police arrested Rohit Ranjan, TV presenter for India’s Zee News channel, on Tuesday for allegedly spreading “false news” by wrongly reporting embattled opposition leader Rahul Gandhi.
Ranjan watched his arrest unfold with some amusement as the local policemen tried to arrest him without informing the Uttar Pradesh provincial authorities, which led to a judicial dispute which was resolved by bringing Third Police force to make the bust.
Ranjan was the subject of a police complaint filed under Indian media laws after one of his broadcasts tampered with a video commentary from Rahul Gandhi.
Gandhi, from Newspaper headlines In June due to an unrelated political scandal, he was targeted for vandalism last week by student protestors who were outraged by the Indian Supreme Court’s decision regarding environmental restrictions on land use. Protesters broken Gandhi’s regional office in Wayanad last Monday.
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On Friday, Radio Rohit Ranjan broadcast this quote from Gandhi in such a way that it made it appear that he was not referring to the vandals who destroyed his office, but to Muslims accused of crimes. headless Hindu Tailor Kanhai Lal last Tuesday.
Police believe the killers targeted the tailor because he wrote a post on social media supporting Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). suspended After making comments critical of Islam, Muhammad on a talk show.
The killers posted a video of their despicable actions online, which angered Hindus and sparked riots across the city of Udaipur. The idea of the opposition leader belittling the murder as a sort of “irresponsible” teen mischief would have ended very badly with Hindus in Ranjan’s audience.
In short, every major story in India converged on Ranjan’s doorstep in the early hours of Tuesday morning, when he was a member of Gandhi’s Indian Congress party. File a complaint against the TV presenter for seeking to incite violence by misquoting Gandhi. Zee News responded by insisting that the incident was a “mistake,” “a human error for which our team apologizes.” costume He said Two of its employees were fired due to the incident.
The whole country knows the history of the BJP – RSS. They are driving the country into the fire of hate. Gandhi himself said on social media, no matter how hard these traitors try to break the country, Congress will continue to do more to unite India.
Devendra Yadav, a legislature member of the Congress party who filed a complaint against Ranjan, Accused Zee News in association with the BJP “to spread fabricated and fake news against Gandhi in an effort to instigate communal riots and disturb social harmony.”
A team of over a dozen plainclothes detectives from Chhattisgarh, a district represented by Gandhi’s party, drove to Ranjan’s house to arrest him, only to confront another team of policemen from Uttar Pradesh, the BJP stronghold.
Ranjan stirred fate mischievously the irony Chhattisgarh Police on social media.
“Chhattisgarh police are standing outside my house to arrest me without informing the local police. Is this legally correct?” he asked.
“There is no such rule for reporting [the Uttar Pradesh police]Chhattisgarh officials responded with concern. “They are still now be looking at. Show the police team the arrest warrant issued by your court. You should actually cooperate, join him [the] Investigate, and present your defense in court.”
In contrast to this reprimand on social media, the judicial argument outside Ranjan’s home turned into something of a brawl:
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according to NDTV, a squad of police from Uttar Pradesh district of Ghaziabad has ended up arresting Ranjan. Arrest is shaping up to be a pioneer partisan battlewhere BJP-allied politicians accuse the Indian Congress of partly abusing police power to silence a journalist, while Congress accuses the BJP of police abuses by sending officers from a BJP-controlled area to thwart the arrest.