A video of Republic TV journalist, Pradip Bhandari, has gone viral on social media in which he's see being man-handled by a group of agitated men.
Bhandari claims that the person who manhandled him is a reporter from a rival English television channel, NDTV. He also accused news reporter from ABP of inciting the attack on him and for being an accessory.
Reports suggest that the assault took place after Bhandari referred to some of the journalists present at the venue as 'chai-biscuit reporters'.
जानते है महाराष्ट्र में सच बोलने की क़ीमत क्या है?— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) September 24, 2020
कार्टेल के नामी-गिरामी चेहरे जैसे-जैसे एक्सपोज़ हो रहे है, उनका ग़ुस्सा और बढ़ता जा रहा है।जब पुलिस से भी काम नहीं बना तो आज NDTV और ABP के गुंडे पत्रकारों को मेरे पास हाथपाई करने भेज दिया। लेकिन मैं टूटने वालों में से नहीं हूँ। pic.twitter.com/z2fvH2KkUK
However, NDTV anchor, Sanket Upadhyay, rubbished the allegation against his colleague and said that he was actually trying to resolve the altercation. He also hinted that Bhandari has a backing of a powerful political leader on whose behest he is acting.
Be that as it may, the video uploaded shows that bhandari was pushed around slapped by someone: whether it was a rival journalist as claimed by Bhandari could not be ascertained.
@pradip103 , that’s NDTV’s @MickyGupta84. Every frame, he is trying to resolve, not incite. वैसे जिसके दम पर आप झूठ का सहारा ले रहे हैं, ये ज़रूर जान लीजिए की VVIP राजाजी के लिए आप महज़ सिंगल यूज प्लास्टिक हैं। यूज एंड थ्रो। ज़्यादा लम्बा इंतेज़ार नहीं करना पड़ेगा प्रमाण के लिए. https://t.co/frRZorV3w3 pic.twitter.com/p35SlTIwgd— Sanket Upadhyay (@sanket) September 24, 2020
Amidst these charges and counter-charges, it seems that instead of reporting news, media persons are themselves becoming ‘news’ and not in a very good way.