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Mumbai Police Notice To Arnab Goswami Over Palghar Lynching Coverage

Mumbai Police Notice To Arnab Goswami

Mr Goswami has been issued a show cause notice by the Mumbai Police and asked to appear before the Additional Commissioner of Police in Worli on October 16.

A vigilante group lynched two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Gadchinchale Village, Palghar District, Maharashtra on 16 April 2020.

The incident which happened during the countrywide coronavirus lockdown was fuelled by rumours of thieves operating in the area circulated by WhatsApp.

The three passengers were mistaken as thieves and killed by the villagers. Four policemen and a senior police officer who intervened were also attacked and injured.

 

115 villagers have been arrested by the Maharashtra police

An investigation is ongoing and 115 villagers have been arrested by the Maharashtra police on charges of murder.

After the incident, there was a conspiracy to stoke religious tension by spreading rumours.

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Mr Goswami had conducted talk show “Puchhta Hain Bharat”

A complete list of people arrested On 22 April was posted by Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh. He later stated that none of the arrested were Muslims. The government clarified that both the attackers and the victims were of same religion.

Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami has been booked by Mumbai Police for instigating communal tension in connection with the death of two sadhus in Palghar district, outside Mumbai.

Mr Goswami had conducted talk show “Puchhta Hain Bharat” on the incident on April 21,where he asked if it was a crime to be Hindu and wear saffron and whether the people would have remained silent had the victims been non-Hindu, the show cause notice said.

The incident of a crowd gathering at the Bandra Railway station

 

The police has also accused him in the incident of a crowd gathering at the Bandra Railway station during the lockdown in April.

 

THE TRP RATING CASE OF REPUBLIC TV

The Republic TV is already fighting the accusation of tweaking ratings through bribery for bigger advertising revenue.

Mumbai police on Sunday questioned Executive Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy & Senior Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor of Republic TV in the case involving the alleged rigging of television ratings.

A case under IPC sections 153 (giving provocation to cause riot) and 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion) and other sections was registered against him following the program, it added.

Thousands of migrant labourers had gathered outside the station to protest against the extension of lockdown in April at the Bandra station.

Ignoring government warnings about coronavirus and social distancing. Video footage from the area showed thousands of people jostling to enter the railway premised to leave the city.

Mr Goswami had said they will sue the Mumbai police for defamation.

The police later said riots were averted only because the lockdown was in place.

The Republic TV said they were being targeted for their coverage of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, where they have questioned the role of the Mumbai police.

Mr Goswami had said they will sue the Mumbai police for defamation.

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