Journalist says Bajrang Dal men made him chant Jai Shri Ram

Ataharuddin, a resident of Karneji village in Vaishali, told The Indian Express that on June 28, he was travelling by car with his aged parents and wife to Samastipur district via Muzaffarpur when he encountered the Bajrang Dal activists.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:July 3, 2017 4:46 am
journalist threatened, bajrang dal activists, muslim journalist threatened, Ataharuddin Munne Bharti, ndtv journalist threatened, india news Ataharuddin, a resident of Karneji village in Vaishali, told The Indian Express that on June 28, he was travelling by car with his aged parents and wife to Samastipur (Source: Facebook)

Muzaffarpur police are investigating an NDTV journalist’s account that he and his family were forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” by some Bajrang Dal activists who allegedly threatened to torch their car if they did not. Ataharuddin Munne Bharti, a programme coordinator with NDTV India, confirmed the incident to The Indian Express but he is yet to file a police complaint on the June 28 incident.

Muzaffarpur SSP Vivek Kumar said: “I had no knowledge of it till I got a call from the police headquarters after instructions from the CM House to look into the allegations.” Ataharuddin, a resident of Karneji village in Vaishali, told The Indian Express that on June 28, he was travelling by car with his aged parents and wife to Samastipur district via Muzaffarpur when he encountered the Bajrang Dal activists.

The journalist said he would not be able to speak in detail as he was travelling. Later, he could not be contacted. JD(U) MLC and spokesperson Neeraj Kumar, who said he received a call from the journalist soon after the incident, told The Indian Express that Ataharuddin said that about five persons with saffron stoles on their shoulders came near their car during a roadblock on NH-28 in Muzaffarpur.

Kumar, quoting Ataharuddin, said: “They had sticks. They looked at my family in the car. My wife was in a veil and my father wears a beard. They started chanting Jai Shri Ram loudly. Two youths came and told us to chant Jai Shri Ram or they would torch our car. Gripped by fear, we said Jai Shri Ram and were allowed to go.”

Ataharuddin reportedly told Kumar that people said a cow was found dead on the road that triggered the highway block. But Sakra police station in-charge Jitendra Kumar said the block was because of a fight between a Hindu and a Muslim family. “No dead cow was found.”

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    Venkatarama Muthuswami
    Jul 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    Let us assure NDTV journalist that the Lord above already gave him a Punya credit for Jai sri Ram and communicated to Allah! On a serious note: the episode if true is despicable and must stop. Lest, send the Yogi to take care of Kamadenus, let the state be ruled by sensible CM. MODI, are you listening?
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      ak dev
      Jul 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm
      Muslim in India won't say Bande Mataram or Jay Shri Ram. They also make fun of it. NDTV is den of anti-nationals. Such Indian Muslims are singnificant in number. As per Tarik Fatah these Muslims come from the areas that has enmassed voted for creation of Pa kistan but they didn't go to Pa kistan but their alienation has not stopped. They wish to live in India as if they are living in Pa kistan
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        ram
        Jul 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm
        Modiji, Baan all these Hooligan group which is bring shame to Hindu community. Whole world is laughing at us. Book all these accused under POTA. Jai Hind
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          ram
          Jul 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm
          Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Modiji stop lip service...book all mob lynching accused under POTA. Make India Great Again
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            Timir Nandi
            Jul 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm
            If fake news by NDTV appropriate action can be taken. But as on these news it seems "no difference between B J P/R S S and I SI S". We are scared, India may loose democracy soon.
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              Ashish Biswas
              Jul 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm
              Silly news.
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                mimi sur
                Jul 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                Don't believe NDTV . It's a corrupt and anti-Hindu establishment . Many of its members are convicted in corruption . Even one of its coverage, the lady anchor heard saying "aap congress ke taraf se paerabi kardena" . s: /cltCoiVvmF8
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                  Sham
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 11:30 am
                  Once again the NDTV agenda to drive a wedge between the Hindus Muslims is apparent. They will go th any lenght to fabricate such stories.
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