West Bengal Police files FIR against Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary

West Bengal Police has filed an FIR against Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, reporter Pooja Mehta and cameraman Tanmay Mukherjee for allegedly covering Dhulagarh communal flare-ups during Eid Milad-ul-Nabi.

West Bengal Police files FIR against Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary

West Bengal Police has filed an FIR against Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, reporter Pooja Mehta and cameraman Tanmay Mukherjee for allegedly covering Dhulagarh communal flare-ups during Eid Milad-ul-Nabi.

Chaudhary later expressed his anger over the incident in his post on Facebook, “Just to inform all of you Mamta Banerjee Govt has filed an FIR against me and ZeeNews reporter Pooja Mehta and cameraperson Tanmay Mukherjee for covering Dhulagarh Riots on Zee News.The FIR has non bailable sections which is enough to gauge their intentions to arrest me and my colleagues. Pooja Mehta is just 25 and got the taste of Mamta’s intolerance so early in life in the form of a non bailable FIR."


Chaudhary alleged Pooja became yet another victim of Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee's atatcks on media. He added,  “This is what a young girl reporter getting to learn from a woman chief minister who claims to be the champion of democracy.It’s another low point in our democracy to see a democratically elected govt using police force to curb media in an effort to suppress uncomfortable facts and reality."

He alleged Mamta is acting like a dictator by putting curbs on media, by using the state machinery to terrify and control media.

Chaudhary added, the actions of Mamta, reveal "the intolerance of a chief minister who is using the state machinery as her personal fiefdom and acting like a feudal lord. I see the positive side of this blunder as a window for all free minds of this nation to act and show fascist forces their actual place. Or once again Selfish Politics will prevail? That’s my fear.”

The Zee News editor also tweeted his comments on the incident: