Few unidentified elements stormed Renuka Vihar apartment in Ajni in the dark of night on Saturday and ransacked the vehicle of journalist Rajesh Tiwari, bureau chief of a news channel India News. His WagonR car parked in the apartment was reportedly damaged with stones as the windshield and rest of the car was badly damaged.
Talking to Nagpur Today Tiwari dubbed the act as handiwork of few anti social elements who were out to gag freedom of expression. He doubted the attack could be the outcome of his views against JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar.
The incident cannot be ignored in the wake of rising attacks on journalists. That only Tiwari’s car was damaged clearly hinted that the attackers wanted to drive the message to him, probably in the aftermath of his social media comments.
The building residents informed that they heard commotion in the parking lot but could not make out the actual reason behind the noise as the coolers were on in most of the households.
Later commenting on the attack on his social media page, Tiwari said that few so called idealistic groups could not digest his views against anti-national and naxal sympathiser Kanhaiya Kumar. “This is sheer attack on freedom to express personal views”, he added. He termed tha act as planned attack and firmed that he would not step back and would continue to air his views against such traitors.
He also cleared that he was not looking forward to any publicity through the entire episode. “My fellow journalists should not take this incident otherwise. I do not want any publicity out of it”, he wrote on his Facebook page.
He informed that Ajni police have registered a case under section 427 of IPC. Now its up to the police department to take serious note of the incident, he said.
He said that he had also texted to the Chief Minister, apprising him of the situation.