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Police action against journalist on doctored video, News anchor Rohit Ranjan detained by Noida cops

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Famous news anchor in custody for misleading Rahul Gandhi’s video. An attempt has been made to arrest Rohit Ranjan, anchor of Zee News’ famous show DNA. Chhattisgarh Police has tried to arrest Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan without informing the UP Police. Rohit Ranjan tweeted and said, “Without information given to local police, Chhattisgarh Police is standing outside my house to arrest me, is this legally correct”. According to the guard of the society in which Rohit Ranjan lives in Ghaziabad, 14-15 people arrived in three vehicles at 5.15 am and they did not even make any entry at the gate. The guard told that all the people were in plain uniform.

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Reacting to the journalist’s tweet, the Raipur police said, “There is no such rule to inform. Still, now they are informed. A police team has shown you the court’s warrant of arrest. You should in fact cooperate, join in the investigation and put your defence in court.”

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Cases had been filed against the TV anchor in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Rohit Ranjan played a Rahul Gandhi statement on young men who had attacked his office in Kerala’s Wayanad and allegedly ran it as a comment on the Udaipur tailor’s killers.

The video was shared by BJP leaders like Rajyavardhan Rathore, who has also been charged in an FIR.

The channel apologised and Mr Ranjan said on his show, “Yesterday, in our show DNA, Rahul Gandhi’s statement was taken in the wrong context by linking it to the Udaipur incident, it was a human error for which our team apologises.”

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said Rahul Gandhi was referring to an attack on his Wayanad office when he said “the children who did this have acted in an irresponsible way. They are kids, forgive them”.

Hitting out at Congress’ over Chhattisgarh police’s action, BJP’s Amit Malviya said, “Congress brazenly uses Rajasthan and Chattisgarh police, the only two states they are relevant in, to target journalists working out of NCR. You can disagree with someone’s opinion but intimidating them like this is a grim reminder of Emergency. Congress is a blot on democracy.”

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He added, “Going into 2024, it is likely that the Congress may not have government in a single State, but it is so drunk on the “memories” of power that it is targeting journalists, both online and using police machinery, with impunity. Then they wonder they have been pushed to the fringe!”

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