MP: 3 journalists booked over story on elderly man taken to hospital on cart


Three journalists in Madhya Pradesh have been booked over a story on a family taking an elderly man to a hospital on a pushcart after a probe found their claim to be false, said police.

The journalists Kunjbihari Kaurav, NK Bhatele and Anil Sharma, who work as contributors for national and regional news channels, have been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 420 (forgery) and 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity or ill hatred) between classes, said Shailendra Chauhan, superintendent of police, Bhind.

The journalists on Friday posted videos and photos of Gyaras Prasad Vishwakarma of Daboh with a story that he was taken to hospital, which is 5 km away, in a hand cart by his son Harkishan Vishwakaram. They also claimed that no ambulance arrived and the family was not getting benefits of government schemes.

District collector Satish Kumar ordered a probe. Community health Centre, Lahar, in-charge Dr Rajeev Kaurav filed a complaint with police saying in the probe it was found that the family didn’t contact any ambulance and they were getting all the benefits of the government schemes.

No arrest has been made so far. All the three journalists claimed that they were implicated in a false case by administration. “We showed the truth only,” they added.



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