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FIRs against OpIndia editors after story on murdered Hindu boy, ‘fact checker’ Alt News distorts facts

In the continued witch-hunt of voices which speak up for Hindus, two separate FIRs have been lodged  against OpIndia editors Ajeet Bharti and Nupur Sharma.

The FIR against Ajeet Bharti was lodged after OpIndia published a report about the murder of 15-year-old Rohit Jaiswal in Gopalganj, Bihar. Rohit’s parents were abused and assaulted by Bihar police when they complained about threats from a Muslim family in their village whose family members they had named as accused in their son’s murder. The parents alleged that police also offered them compensation money if they accepted their son’s death was ‘accidental’.

Rohit’s father told OpIndia that he suspected his son was taken to a newly built mosque in the village where he was ‘sacrificed’ as per a local Muslim belief that this would make the mosque more powerful. Rohit was strangled by adult guardians of the Muslim children who took him out to play, before his body was dumped in the river, the father alleged. Subsequently, a Muslim family in the village threatened them, and Rohit’s family migrated to UP to protect themselves after Bihar police brushed away their pleas.

After the OpIndia report came out, the matter received wide attention. Seculars, who were earlier least bothered about the case, now sensed an opportunity to deplore the ‘communalisation’ of a crime. Many more outlets reached out to Rohit’s father, Rajesh. Bombarded with so many queries, he has now partially retracted on his earlier statement, not uncommon in such cases. Pro-Islamist ‘fact-checking’ sites like AltNews immediately went to town branding OpIndia for ‘fake news’.

However, OpIndia has put out the original audio recording of their interview with the father where he is clearly heard voicing his suspicion that his son was ‘sacrificed’ in a mosque. The parents still maintain their son was sprinkled with water by Muslims in the village a few days before the murder, something which Rohit himself told his mother. Listen to Rohit’s mother confirm the same in this video –

The mother says “2-4 days before my son told me that Muslims had called him and were sprinkling some water on him…we had no enmity with anyone….after the post-mortem we had gone to the police station to inform that my husband was stopped by Afzal Ansari and one other who said, ‘Just like we killed your son, we will kill you all as well’. But the police abused us and said that if you are scared for your lives, why don’t you move somewhere else.” She adds that UP administration has given them a house and food supplies.

But AltNews, which has spoken to everyone in the case like accused’s family, other villagers, local journalists, has concluded that the family migrated out of the village as they were “frustrated with the administration. They did not leave because they were scared of Muslims.”

Despite Rohit’s mother clearly stating that her husband was threatened by one Afzal Ansari, AltNews just brazenly suppresses this statement and claims the family left as they were ‘frustrated with the administration’.

Parents have claimed in FIR that their boy was murdered, police has arrested 5 people in the case, the matter is now being probed by Bihar CID, the SHO who abused and assaulted the victim’s parents and allegedly offered them money to hush up the case stands suspended. Yet, AltNews headline would have you believe that this was a case of ‘accidental death’ which has been ‘communalised’: Gopalganj case: Boy drowns in river, OpIndia claims he was sacrificed in a mosque

It is because OpIndia reached out to the poor family and gave voice to their pleas, that police higher-ups got involved in the matter, and a poor family which had been brushed away by an apathetic police administration and forced to leave their village because of threats, are finally getting some measure of justice. But AltNews moralizes that all this is a “waste” of the police’s time and their effort could have been spent on “issues of greater importance” during the ongoing health and humanitarian crisis.

A separate FIR was lodged against OpIndia editor Nupur Sharma in West Bengal – it’s still not clear on what grounds, but the West Bengal government has been on an overdrive in last few days to silence any Hindus voices that are being raised over the rioting that engulfed Telinapara in Hooghly last weekend. As disclosed by OpIndia CEO Rahul Roushan, Nupur was interrogated for hours today by West Bengal police, similar to how Mumbai Police grilled Arnab Goswami over his coverage of the Palghar sadhu lynching based on an FIR filed by a Congress leader.

Meanwhile, mainstream news outlets like Indian Express, The Hindu have run stories that police and authorities have clearly debunked as fake, while  Left-wing propaganda portal The Wire, funded by titans of industry and activist world, was just recently caught lying through its teeth by Delhi Police.

Journalists who show some spine in standing up for Hindu causes and countering the left-liberal-Islamist narrative – Sudhir Chaudhary, Arnab Goswami, Amish Devgan, Ajeet Bharti, Nupur Sharma – are being hounded through FIRs filed in non-BJP ruled states, while their character and integrity are routinely maligned by the Lutyens’ media cabal. Even Muslim journalists like Rubika Liyaquat, Romana Isar Khan and Sayeed Ansari are slandered as lacking personal agency when they refuse to toe the left-liberal-Islamist line. Prominent pro-Hindu social media handles like @PokerShash are being targeted through FIRs lodged by foul-mouthed left-liberal political celebs.

In all this, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting just stands silently. Even when the ministry gave a light slap to the wrist to repeat offenders like NDTV, then I&B minister M Venkaiah Naidu stepped in to revoke the order. Likewise, when two Malayalam news channels – Asianet and MediaOne – were banned for 48-hours for biased and inflammatory coverage of the Delhi riots earlier this year, I&B minister Prakash Javadekar lifted the bans claiming “Modi Govt. is committed to press freedom.”

We can only hope that the same commitment extends to those fledgling outlets who are fighting an asymmetrical war against a Goliath-like opponent to raise the Hindu perspective and defend the Government when needed.

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