Mail Today, the tabloid newspaper owned by the India Today group (which also owns the Hindi TV channel Aaj Tak), reports that two TV journalists have been arrested named in Ahmedabad for coaxing a man to immolate himself outside a police station in front of their cameras.
The journalists—Mayur Raval and Kamlesh Raval—belonging to TV9 Gujarat and a local cable company GTPL, reportedly urged Kalpesh Mistry, 29, to set himself on fire to protest his harassment by police over a property dispute. Mistry suffered 90 per cent burns and later died in hospital.
An eye witness to the incident says the journalists were busy shooting the immolation instead of helping the victim. “They told me not to bother about it as it was all a drama,” the tea vendor reportedly told the police.
Police have booked a a case of abetment of suicide under section 306 of the Indian penal code against the two journalists. Protests by journalists organisations decrying threats to the freedom of the press are awaited.
Facsimile: courtesy Mail Today