Communally provocative

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/06/2018

TV anchors conduct communally provocative debates, and our self-regulating TV industry does nothing about it. On June 1  this News 24 news show conducted a debate titled 'Has the Muslim vote bank reappeared in India's politics?' When one of the  panelists gave a measured reply the anchor would say 'you are mincing words!' But BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra obliged when his turn came to be asked how come a Muslim candidate won in Kairana where only 32 per cent of the voters are Muslims. He said the rest of the country was watching this, that the Muslims had united but the Hindus had not.                                                       

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An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

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