Bulandshahr violence: Fake news peddler Suresh Chavhanke attacks Muslims

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: December 4, 2018

Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  


Suresh Chavhanke
 
Bulandshahr: Monday’s violence has barely been contained in the west UP village and RSS backed Sudarshan TV owner Suresh Chavhanke has already started stoking communal fires.  
 
In a series of tweets, Chavhanke linked the violence in Mahaw village, where a policeman was killed by an angry mob, to the peaceful congregation of Muslim devotees in Bulandshahr. About 10 lakh Muslim devotees have gathered in the town for Ijtema, an integral part of Tablighi Jamaat. Monday was the last day of the gathering.
 
In one tweet, he wrote that the violence had erupted because local residents objected to cow slaughter taking place in the congregation. He urged his followers to watch Sudarshan TV for updates on ‘lathicharge, burning, firing and deaths.’
 
His subsequent tweet read, “After the controversy over Bulandshahr Ijtema, many school children are stuck and crying. People are stuck in forests, frightened inside their homes. This is what local residents told Sudarshan TV in live conversations.”
 


Bulandshahr Police exposed his lies and, in a tweet, asked him to stop spreading fake news. “Please don’t spread misinformation. This incident is not linked to the Ijtema procession in any way. The Ijtema concluded peacefully. The current incident happened 45-50 kilometres away from where the Ijtema was held. Some rowdy elements are the perpetrators of this incident. Statutory action is being taken in the case,” the police outfit tweeted from their official handle.


 
Despite this, Chavhanke has not removed his post.  
 
He was arrested in April for spreading hate amongst communities, damaging social peace, hurting religious sentiments and spreading fake news and rumours through his news channel. He was let go soon after. He was also accused of sexual harassment by a former woman employee.
 
“Suresh Chavhanke, the CMD of Sudarshan News, said he was just three when he joined the RSS and began attending its shakhas. He was with the Sangh for the next 20 years, reporting for pro-RSS daily Tarun Bharat and holding various posts in the organisation before becoming a full-time journalist for the “nation,” reported the Indian Express. 


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