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I&B Minister Smriti Irani condemns attack on media, asks news channels to ‘refrain from causing panic’

Several media personnel and their vans were attacked in the violence in Panchkula where a CBI court convicted 50-year-old self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape in a 2002 case. I&B Minister Smriti Irani has appealed for peace.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 25, 2017 11:52 pm
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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Friday night sent out a “reminder” to the media to refrain from “causing panic, distress and undue fear” for the latter’s coverage of the widespread violence in parts of Haryana by supporters of the sect Dera Sacha Sauda. She also condemned the targeting of media persons and their assets and appealed for peace.

“Drawing attention of news channels to clause B of Fundamental Std of NBSA (News Broadcasting Standards Authority) refraining channels from causing panic, distress & undue fear,” Irani said, adding, “Attack on media, damage to property condemnable. Appeal to all to maintain peace.” She also said, “Kindly note this advisory has been given by the offices of the National Broadcasters Association.”

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Several media personnel and their vans were attacked in the violence in Panchkula where a CBI court convicted 50-year-old self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of rape in a 2002 case. Supporters of his sect had gathered in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana days before the verdict was to come out. As the verdict was delivered Friday afternoon, violence broke out in parts of the state, including Sirsa, Hisar, Mukhtsar, as well as parts of Punjab.

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A train stationed at the Anand Vihar station was torched Friday evening in New Delhi. Railway officials are yet to confirm whether it is a case of arson. As a prohibitory measure, Section 144 has been imposed in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad as well as Nainital in Uttarakhand and parts of Haryana.

 

President Ram Nath Kovind has appealed to the people to maintain peace and order while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the violence and said that the situation is being watched.

(with PTI inputs)

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  1. Abby Normal
    Aug 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm
    A CBI investigation should be carried out why so many Parties have given funds to this self-styled god... and also where the funds were used, with so many people suffering in India without the simplest forms of amenities, money gets wasted and given to criminals.... It is only right of the media to inform the public, in this way they will stay away from the dangerous areas... many countries have warned about travelling to India due to the poor hygienic conditions and diseases derived by this factor.. so much for keep India clean and safe!
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      Jayanta Bhattacharya
      Aug 26, 2017 at 10:11 am
      Dear Madam I was in a impression earlier that Modiji is the Boss. But now it seems that someone else has taken over. With BJP in power people had a great hope for good governance but what is happening in the country now. When someone people are complaining of intolerance I find it too much of tollerence with such s .
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