Was the violent reaction against journalists and supporters of JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar on 15 February a part of well thought-through plan to kill him?
On 15 February, we reported several accounts of journalists present in Patiala House Court, stating how goons disguised as lawyers had come and threatened to even ‘break their bones’ if they didn’t leave the court premises before Kanhaiya could be produced.
As it emerges, there were more to those threats than what we’re reported by the Indian mediaq.
On the day Kanhaiya was to be produced, a journalist working for a leading TV channel, wrote to another senior journalist Sheetal P Singh.
The whatsapp message was very brief but utterly desperate in nature.
It read, “sir aapka 9810 walaa no switch off hai. Kanhaiya ko maarne keliye mob lynching ka plan hai, pukhta khabar hai. (Sir your 9810 number is switched off. They are planning to kill Kanhaiya through mob-lynching.It’s a confirmed news.)”
The reporter who sent this desperate message to Singh, said that he was briefed by another female reporter who had reportedly overheard the conversation outside the court.
The reporter sent another whatsapp message to Singh, “Sir us ladki ne kaha ki naam nahi aana chahiye. Ladki matlab meri dost reporter. (Sir, the girl said that her identity must not be disclosed. By girl I mean my friend reporter.}”
Singh replied saying ‘it’s fine.’
The reporter, who thanked Singh, wrote, “Zee Ke Khilaaf ek PIL hona chahiye. (There should be a PIL against ZEE.)”
The reporter, however, did not explain the context in which he had suggested filing of PIL against Zee News.
(Read the WhatsApp conversation below.)
Singh even took to Facebook to share his conversation with the TV reporter, who’s requested to be anonymous.