No sooner had the brutal murder of Delhi’s Dr Pankaj Narang been reported, the posse of BJP supporters took to twitter to desperately turn the tragic incident into a fight between two communities.
Lies were spread, the murderers’ religious background and their place of origin were manipulated and a fake motive was concocted.
But thanks to the vigilant social media users coupled with the alertness of one IPS officer, Monica Bhardwaj, a DCP rank officer, a potential tragedy was averted.
On Saturday, a member of Dr Narang’s family, Tushar Narang, took to Facebook to express his disgust at a maliciously false report published by a little-known right-wing website The Frustrated Indian which carried a provocative headline, “Kejriwal, Media, Intellectuals- Will you cry for Pankaj Narang too?”
Tushar posted a scathing message in reaction to the website’s report.
He wrote, “A death in the family always hurts, what hurts more is when people use it as political agendas and pit two, already volatile communities against each other. Hold responsible, the people indulged in act, not the whole community. Those who killed him weren’t out to kill Hindus, they were degraded scum who, I am sure wouldn’t have given second thoughts about killing someone belonging to their own religion.
Though we never talked much, you will be missed. Rest in peace. #DrPankajNarangLynched”
Faced with public humiliation, the website soon took down its post.
The link to the story resulted in message, “Oops…error 404.”
Tushar wrote appreciating the corrective step taken by the website, “The Frustrated Indian, I am glad, has taken down the article. For those who didn’t read it or know what it was about, they twisted this tragedy into an uglier political and communal issue. Thank you TFI, for taking down the article, spread news bro, not hatred.”