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After Rohingyas hounded by media, Local youth allegedly thrash TV crew in Jammu
Jammu: A group of locals here in Jammu chased away a media crew from Rohingya colony after they accused them of harassment and distortion of facts while presenting their reports about Rohingyas.
Reports said that a media crew from two news channels known for their communal reportage have been hounding Rohingya Muslims in Jammu from past couple of days.
“These media people are doing stories against us. They are in search of something that will suit them and their communal and unethical channel. They ask disturbing questions to us on camera and even use hidden cameras to shoot our settlements,” said a young Rohingya.
Witnesses said that some local youth lost cool when video journalists from Mumbai based news channels along with their Reporters were spotted in Rohingya colony busy shooting their hutments. During the argument, the media men allegedly threatened them of dire consequence after which one of the local youth thrashed the Reporter and tried to snatch the camera.
Reports said that a lesser known RTI activist Rohit Chowdhary has filed an application under Right to Information Act seeking details from the government about the number of cell phones being used by Rohingyas living in Jammu.
Reports added that Republic TV and News X Bureau Chiefs Tajinder Singh Sodhi and Ajay Jandyal along with their video cameramen arrived at Rohingya settlement while ironically the RTI activist Rohit Chowdhary was also accompanying them.
“We had arrived to know the details about the number of cell phones being used by Rohingyas who are living illegally in Jammu. Before we could start our investigation, a group of youth alighted from a vehicle and started assaulting us. They used iron rods and their intention was to kill us. Even, RTI activist accompanying us was thrashed,” Sodhi later on told reporters outside police station Trikuta Nagar.
A police official said that they are investigating the matter as couple of media men has registered a complaint against the assailants.
Ironically, majority of the facebook pages run from Jammu claimed that the attack was carried out by Rohingya youth, assertions refuted by local police.
“Preliminary investigation shows that those who confronted these media men are also locals and we are investigating the case. Strict action will be taken against rumour mongers,” said a police official on condition of anonymity.
Pertinently, the channels in question are known for running vicious campaign against Muslims. They have earned a bad name on social media while majority of netizens are describing these channels as mouthpiece of the BJP government.