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Odisha newspaper apologises to Rajdeep Sardesai for publishing his sketch as ‘terror suspect’

The Odisha news daily later apologised.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 24, 2016 11:33 am
An Odisha newspaper actually thought journalist Rajdeep Sardesai is the 'terror suspect' we're looking for An Odisha newspaper actually thought journalist Rajdeep Sardesai is the ‘terror suspect’ we’re looking for

Mumbai was put on high alert after two school children saw a few suspicious looking men in Mumbai’s Uran area. While one of them claimed that he saw one man, the other said she saw 5-6 of them in pathani suits wearing masks and backpacks. The sketch of the suspect was shared widely and was also published in newspapers across the country.

Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur said, “Two students informed us that they saw suspicious men in Uran. While one student claimed that he spotted one person, the other claimed to have seen five persons.”

But in strange turn of events, an Odisha news daily called Sambad published the sketch of a person looking eerily similar to journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. The matter was highlighted by Sardesai himself in a series of tweets. “Just saw a Odhiya newspaper Sambad puts up my sketch as a terror suspect based on RW Twitter gang mischief.If not war, these guys will kill! Photo shopped pics,lies,fake reporting, abuse: what next will this bhakt army stoop to on Twitter? And who will call their diabolical bluff?” he wrote.

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The paper, however, apologised to the journalist on Twitter and have also updated the sketch in their epaper. “Sir, we sincerely apologise for this grave error on our part,” they wrote. Sardesai accepted the apology but also demanded the sincerity is shown on their front page tomorrow. “Apology accepted but expect it with the same prominence on your front page Tomw. And start a refresher course,” he responded.

Update: The newspaper published an apology in its daily edition today and Sardesai tweeted the screenshot of it saying it’s a lesson for others to be more careful. “Appreciate unreserved apology from editor @sambad_odisha on front page. Lesson for all of us to be more careful,” he wrote.

You can see the sketches of the suspects here.