SRINAGAR: A news story run by Delhi based English national news channel India Today which they claim is exclusive story and sting of stone pelters, titled “Operation Stone Pelters’ was exposed by a young boy from Old Town Baramulla.
A young boy Javaid Ahmad released a video on social saying that a man, Muzamil Matoo from Baramulla called him to inform that some NGO has come to his home and they were helping pellet victims.
“I called some pellet victims and took them to Matoo’s home. Two persons were sitting there along with Matoo”, Muzamil Matoo introduced them as being from NGO.
“Then he told us that the two persons will ask you questions and we had to answer them. While asking the question, they began recording it in their mobile phones.” Javid said that they were forced and threaten to answer the questions which were against stone pelting.
The video has gone viral on social networking and has drawn severe criticism.
India’ Today’s Editor and Anchor Rahul Kanwal claims that stone pelters are hired in Kashmir. He says that the India Today nails Valley’s insidious villains. He telecasts the story on Kashmir stone pelters during the prime time slot, claiming that the channel has exposed the stone pelters.
Rahul claims that the stone pelters brigade is paid and enemies of India in Kashmir. In the story the channel shows few boys video-graphed secretly while saying they are being paid for stone pelting.
The story creates sensation and lot of debate in the Kashmir’s political scenario. Many believe that this type of fabricated journalism is a stain on the so-called journalists. Adding, that these fabricated stories to generate TRP’s only create hatred among people and must be dealt strictly under law.