New Delhi: Headlines Today office was on Friday attacked by around 600 furious activists of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh on Friday evening for running an expose on an alleged Hindu terror outfit that is said to be involved in the Malegaon blast.
Earlier in the day a sting operation was telecasted showing some RSS top leaders and BJP MP BL Sharma who were plotting to assassinate Vice President Hamid Ansari and conspiring against Muslim Indian leaders.
“I was carrying 15 litre petrol but did not get the chance to kill vice president of India when he entered the Sri Fort Auditorium” the BJP MP said in the conversation aired on the channel.
The activists vandalised the office premises of the channel and the same happened in the presence of police. Keeping security measures in mind, the entire office was sealed later.
There is no report of any injury though property was vandalised.
Speaking of the news reporter on of the Arnab Goswami, editor of a news channel, condemned the entire attack. He added “This is an open attack on free journalism. How can all these happen in the presence of the police?”
“All those activists who dared to enter the premises and destroyed public property must be severely punished” Arnab demanded.
Giving an immediate reaction on the entire situation and reminiscing about other attacks of various news channels, Lalu Prasad Yadav said “No party or private organisation has any right to attack the news channel, destroy public property and create an atmosphere of fear. All those who were involved in the vandalization must be put behind the bars,” he demanded.
Meanwhile, BJP came to the defence of RSS.
"Congress has a conspiracy to defame the RSS with false allegations. It is unfortunate that some channels also fall prey to such conspiracies. Yesterday`s report on some channels has hurt millions of people. They also have a right to protest," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
The Rajya Sabha MP, however, added the vandalising of the news channel`s office could have been avoided.
"BJP believes in freedom of expression and we were behind bars for 18 months for freedom of the press. But fair journalism is a responsibility and not a license of defame," Javadekar said.
The senior leader maintained that BJP condemned all acts of violence but reiterated that the issue of alleged involvement of RSS leaders in terror activities was under investigation by CBI and one should wait for the final outcome.
"Let that go to court with sufficient evidences and then courts will take ultimate judgement. 25 years of sacrifice and national movement led by RSS will not be eclipsed by 85 seconds of a video clip," Javadekar asserted.
Police sources said a case has been registered and nine persons were detained.
They said police was studying the video footage of the incident.