As the journalists and other media workers gathered outside the Narcotics Control Bureau office near Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, to cover Simone Khambatta who was being interrogated by NCB following drugs case, a scuffle between reporters has been reported.
Videos of the incident that surfaced on social media sites show that heated argument among persons leading to one of them slapping another. This happens at a time when police are present on the spot.
Sharing the video, Republic TV reporter Pradeep Bhandari alleged that he was attacked. Alleging ‘NDTV and ABP’, Pradeep Bhandari wrote, “Know what is the cost of speaking the truth in Maharashtra? As the well-known faces of the cartel are getting exposed, their anger continues to grow. When the police didn’t do anything, NDTV and ABP goons sent journalists to assault me. But I am not someone who breaks easily.”
जानते है महाराष्ट्र में सच बोलने की क़ीमत क्या है?
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
— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) September 24, 2020
Saurabh Gupta, NDTV journalist reacted to the claim of Pradeep Bhandari and denied the allegations made by the Republic TV reporter. Saurabh Gupta wrote, ” In the face of serious provocation, abuse and misbehavior from another channel’s representative, the NDTV crew at the spot responded calmly, with no violence or aggression as alleged by Pradeep Bhandari. The video he himself has tweeted clearly establishes this.”
In the face of serious provocation, abuse and misbehaviour from another channel’s representative, the NDTV crew at the spot responded calmly, with no violence or aggression as alleged by Pradeep Bhandhari . The video he himself has tweeted clearly establishes this.
— Saurabh Gupta(Micky) (@MickyGupta84) September 24, 2020
Another journalist Zeba Warsi, while reacting to the incident termed it as ‘so embarrassing’ and ‘shameful’. “Outside NCB, it came to blows today and Mumbai Police personnel had to intervene. The fact that Police now has to ensure that journalists don’t fight among themselves, so embarrassing,” Zeba wrote on Twitter.
Outside NCB, it came to blows today and Mumbai Police personnel had to intervene.
The fact that Police now has to ensure that journalists don’t fight among themselves, so embarrassing.
— Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) September 24, 2020
The whole incident is now a trend on social media where netizens are debating and discussing the incident.