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How NDTV is trying to whitewash by killing of Kashmiri policeman outside Mosque

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  • June 23, 2017
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On Thursday night, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) posted in the security wing of the Jammu & Kashmir Police, was killed by a mob outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. The mob suspected him to be a non-Muslim who belonged to security agencies, and caught him while he was reportedly making a video of demonstrations in the area.

Ayub was spotted by a group of youngsters while he was making the video, who then dragged him around and beat him to death. Ayub fired from his pistol in self-defence, but the mob overpowered him. The mob raised pro-Pakistan and pro-militant slogans after stripping him naked and stoning him to death.

A horrible incident of mob killing was however given a ‘context’ by NDTV, which reported it with a headline that read ‘Man Opens Fire Outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Killed By Mob’. This was posted around a time when the details of the incident were already available. A tweet sent out by the Jammu & Kashmir police had clarified that a policeman on duty was killed by the mob.

 


 

The headline & description by NDTV confused & angered many, who argued that it was a narrative that attempted to whitewash a grave crime. Later, the channel finally changed the headline to ‘Police Officer Beaten To Death By Mob Outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid’.

This is not for the first time that the NDTV has been caught spinning information to create a counter narrative. Last month, Youth Congress workers had butchered a young cow in broad daylight in Kerala’s Kannur district. But while reporting the incident, NDTV changed the Cow to Buffalo, and finally to an Ox in its news reports, thus guaranteeing that Congress was not accused of cow-slaughter.

 

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