Bajrang Dal activists threatened to set car on fire, forced my family to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, claims journalist

In a first-person account published by BBC Hindi, Munne Bharti recounted the incident which took place on June 29, when 4-5 Bajrang Dal activists wielding bamboo sticks surrounded his car and threatened to set it on fire if his family did not chant "Jai Shri Ram".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2017 3:01 pm
Bajrang Dal, NDTV, BJP NDTV India journalist Munne Bharti. Source: Facebook

Munne Bharti, a journalist with news channel NDTV India, claimed that he was stopped and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by men believed to be Bajrang Dal activists, while travelling with his family from Bihar’s Vaishali to his mother’s village in Samastipur. In a first-person account published by BBC Hindi, Bharti recounted the incident which took place on June 29, one km from the toll booth on Muzzaffarnagar NH 28, when men donning saffron blocked the road.

Bharti claimed that 4-5 Bajrang Dal activists wielding bamboo sticks surrounded his car after they took note of his father’s long beard and his wife’s veil. He was travelling with his parents and wife to meet his ailing maternal uncle.

“They threatened to set our car on fire if we did not chant Jai Shri Ram,” Bharti wrote. Sensing danger, Bharti and other members of his family complied. After being let off by the men, they took a detour and continued their journey. Bharti also took to Twitter and tagged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his post.

The incident comes close on the heels of widespread criticism over the recent lynchings across the country. Earlier on Thursday, PM Narendra Modi condemned violence in the name of cow protection and urged people to not take law into their hands. President Pranab Mukherjee also spoke on the violent lynchings. “We should ponder about this country when we see someone being lynched,” he said.

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  1. S
    Jul 2, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    Is India fast becoming a vigilante state like her nehbour on the northwest?
    1. R
      Jul 2, 2017 at 10:54 pm
      You are Munne Bharti and not Munne Khan. Those people only asked you to say God Ram's name. Nothing wrong. Further you work for NDTV, which is anti-BJP. That is all the more reason.
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        John Johnny
        Jul 3, 2017 at 5:10 am
        They said 'Say Jai Shri Ram' or else we will hurt you. Why make anyone say Jai Shree Ram under threat. What difference does it make to those Bajrangee's whether one utters Ram's name or doesn't.
      2. J
        Jai Ram
        Jul 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm
        Ironic indeed. Lord Rama is Maryadha Purush the Ideal Man with all most noble and perfect qualities. Lord Rama would want nothing more than brotherly love, peace and harmony in his realm. In his name the so called followers instead of cultivating the same ideal virtues have chosen to wield swords and threaten mayhem and murder. Ironic Indeed
        1. V
          Jul 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm
          what is your compliant ? dont want to say jai shri ram? Indian express is a source of fake news stupid news anti hindu news. burn this news paper office
          1. N
            Nadeem Ansari
            Jul 2, 2017 at 10:10 pm
            Indian Express,please take legal action this comment, its really objectionable..
          2. R
            Jul 2, 2017 at 9:06 pm
            Is it india ? Or Isis caliphate ? It's Modi's vision of Bharat !!! Shameful , ayibg w must all condemn it . It cannot be RSS men , they are disciplined. So these are goons who are exploiting Modi's words and yogi's statements but who is paying for their ROZI ROTI? If pak is p
            1. A
              Abu Fitna
              Jul 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm
              A concocted tale to defame the govt. RaN-DTV will stoop to any level to malign BJP.
              1. P
                Proud Bhakt
                Jul 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm
                So why did you refuse to chant "Jai Shri Ram " ? This clearly means you are anti-national. Those who refuse to chant deserve to be lynched to death . If you want to live in India , then you must chant - ""Jai Shri Ram " and "Jai Shri Modi". Otherwise you can get lost to Pak1stan . If something happens later , don't blame us.
                1. J
                  John Johnny
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 5:14 am
                  What has Ram got to do with nationality? Are the Hindus in USA, UK, Middle east, Australia, Europe forced to say "Jesus is Great'? or 'Allah is Great' and then threatened with violence? No. Then why should Bajrangis do it?
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                  Vinayak Shankar
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 8:21 pm
                  How come they only threaten let go Better get this gentleman posted in Kashmir And did they ask to swear by his mother or father? As if saying Ha I Shreeram is an unreasonable sin
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