It’s been a history of attacks on media and press personnels in a democratic country like India. Several of scribes either get injured or get killed for their tough task of questioning the men in power. The most recent attack on a journo has been reported from the Indian state, Assam, where the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) leader and current Member of Parliament (MP) from Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency, Badruddin Ajmal, allegedly abused a journo and even threatened to thrash his head for his question.
Notably, Ajmal was present in a function to felicitate the winners of Panchayat elections of South Salmara district on Wednesday. He was addressing media gathering where a local TV journo asked Ajmal if his party is thinking to ally with Congress or BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019. Ajmal reportedly didn’t give a direct reply to the journo and said, “we are with mahagathbandhan (opposition) in Delhi,”. The journo is heard asking another question if AIUDF will change their stand depending upon who wins the election. This is where Ajmal is seen loosing his temperament and hurling the journo with verbal abuses and threat to smash his head if he doesn’t leave. “You all are the same who just want to target me. Go dogs. For how much money have you been bought by the BJP? Go, even your father is on sale there,” Ajmal was heard telling the journo, quoted ANI. “Get out of here or I will smash your head. Go file case against me. I have thousands of men employed to fight for me,” Ajmal further berserk at the journo, quoted ANI.
The man standing next to the journo then asks the journo to apologize to Ajmal, which he does saying “sorry” “you misunderstood me”. The scribe also could be seen bowing his head in front of Ajmal, to which Ajmal touches his hand on his head. The scribe then went ahead to file a First Information Report (FIR) against the lawmaker. “People gathered there and I was about to be thrashed. I was forced to apologize and I did it to save my life. I have already filed an FIR,” the TV journo said, quoted TOI.
(With inputs from ANI & TOI)