Monday, June 17, 2024

Journalists covering Delhi Hindu Mahapanchayat attacked

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Journalists who were on assignment to cover Hindu Mahapanchayat in New Delhi’s Burari ground have been assaulted by Hindutva groups.

Five journalists, including four Muslim journalists, were escorted away by the police after they were targeted by Hindutva groups after being asked their religious identity.

Arbab Ali, Meer Faisal, Shahid Tantry, Md Meherban and Meghnad Bose are the journalists targeted by assailants.

Shivangi Saxena and Ronak Bhatt of NewsLaundry were also assaulted by the audience.

“We were called jihadis and attacked for being Muslims,” Arbab Ali, an independent journalist tweeted about the attack.

Journalists claim that their video footage was deleted.

Ali alleged that Meer Faisal and he were made to sit separately and delete the videos they had shot at the event. Faisal was allegedly hit on his head and Ali pushed around.

“The mob started saying that ‘we should be beaten for this” as if covering the event was a crime and being Muslim is a crime,” Ali wrote in a tweet.

The journalists were made to sit at the police station for an hour before being escorted to their homes, Ali said in his tweets.

Meer Faisal confirmed to Maktoob that they are picked by police and taken to Mukherjee Nagar police station.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (North West) of Delhi Police said in a tweet that the journalists sat in a police van to “evade a crowd which was getting agitated by their presence”. He clarified that none of them had been detained and they “opted to proceed to police station” due to security reasons.

Delhi police have earlier said that the infamous anti-Muslim event was denied permission. The Hindu Mahapanchayat is organised by the same group that hosted the anti-Muslim event in Jantar Mantar last year where genocidal slogans were raised.


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