STAR News reporter beaten up womans rape Mamata says all cooked up

By: | Updated: 29 Feb 2012 12:41 AM


Kolkata: STAR
News reporter, Partha Pratim Ghosh, on Tuesday was beaten up allegedly by
Trinamool Congress workers in Jadavpur area. However, West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee called it a "cooked up" case to garner more TRPs
than rival channels.

She also sought to term the reported rape of
a woman in Burdwan district as "fake".

Joint commissioner of
Police (headquarters) Jawed Shamim said two photojournalists of a leading
Bengali daily and a reporter of a Bengali news channel were injured.
"Three cases have been filed," he said.

The reporter was
mercilessly beaten up when he tried to capture on video the ransacking of
a Communist Party of India-Marxist local party office. The office is one
of the main election offices of former chief minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee.

"When I visited the spot, Trinamool supporters
told me not to take the video footage. Then all of a sudden some of the
Trinamool supporters started abusing. I pleaded but they kept on beating
me," said Ghosh.

However, Banerjee claimed the incident was
"cooked up".

"It is a cooked up incident. Some people have habit
of creating cooked up cases... It is just a part of the TRP race (among
channels). If a journalist is really attacked, we will take action. But it
is a framed case," she said.

At the same media meet, Banerjee
described the alleged rape of a woman in Katwa of Burdwan as a "cooked up"
case.

"A complaint of rape has been filed. Nothing has been found
in the medical report. Where is the evidence? I do not think any incident
of rape has taken place. I hear a political party, of which the woman's
husband is a supporter, has planned to use its workers to cry rape,"
Banerjee said.

This is the not the first time Banerjee had termed
cases of rape false.

Earlier this month, after the Park Street
rape case came into limelight, she had called the incident as a "cooked
up" case to malign the government.

However, later on she
backtracked on her statement and blamed the media for distorting her
comment.

The opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist chose to
attribute the attack on its office and the journalists as "fascist".

Leader
of Opposition Surjya Kant Mishra equated the happenings with the days of
national emergency in the late 1970s.

"We condemn this incident.
This is a fascist attack. Earlier, they only attacked the opposition. Now
the media is also being targeted. This reminds us of the dark days of the
Emergency," he said.

The CPI-M has decided to organise a rally
Wednesday to protest the ransacking of its office. The rally will be led
by Bhattacharjee.

Mishra also termed Banerjee's comments on the
Burdwan rape as "irresponsible".

"She (Banerjee) says the rape is
fake and CPI-M has spread rumors about it because the victim's husband is
our party worker. She seems to know everything but what she doesn't know
is that the husband died 11 years ago," he said.

"How much does
she know about forensic or medical science that she dismissed the claims
of rape, saying there are no evidences? She has a habit of making
irresponsible comments," he added.





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First Published: 29 Feb 2012 12:41 AM
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