Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Death of constable Subhash Tomar...


Too many things to blog about, over the past few days. But first, the need to document the media's coverage on the death of policeman, Mr. Subhash Tomar needs to take precedence. 

On the 23rd of December, Barkha Dutt tweeted this (thanks to mediacrooks for the image): 


Note the words very carefully - "...died as some people in the crowd turned violent"

Sometime later, the tweet was merely deleted. No clarification was forthcoming - the tweet just disappeared! Why? 

Here's the reason: 


That's right - moments after "reports" came in that he died, "reports" came in that he was critical. Rajdeep (and others) found it prudent to clarify. Barkha merely deleted it - no clarification was forthcoming. For someone who likes lecturing people on the need for "nuance" and clarity, it is appalling that she thought it fit not to clarify and merely delete. 

The debate picked up momentum saying, it is because of this violence that he is critical; that he receieved serious injuries as he was "beaten up". 

Unfortunately, Mr. Subhash Tomar expired on the 25th of December. 

Sample this NDTV report first: 


".... who had suffered serious injuries" . In the second para, they write: 

It was initially reported that he had suffered a heart attack after being injured. But top police officials later denied these reports and alleged that Mr Tomar was beaten up by hooligans among the protesters.

Initially reported? By whom? NDTV? Is there even a single report on NDTV where it was "reported" that Mr. Subhash Tomar had a heart attack? None. 

Fellow tweeter (cmmanoj) sent over this link in IE, where it is mentioned that the version of the doctors and the police are very different. No such story on NDTV. 

They don't stop here. They have a 36 minute discussion on this: 



Note the text below the video. "...badly assaulted by protestors". The first question that the anchor Vishnu Som poses is this- "Twitter is abuzz with rumours that Mr. Tomar died of a heart attack and not an assault. Can you confirm this?". He poses this question to the ACP of Delhi, and she says they have proof of him being attacked. After getting another reconfirmation, Mr. Vishnu moves on to some leader of AAP and demands to know "what on earth was Arvind Kejriwal" doing there. 

Do they mean to suggest that Mr. Kejriwal incited the unruly elements? If so, is there any proof? If so, why is  it not being shown? If not, how come such wild allegations are being made left and right?

Now, let's take a look at these "rumours" on twitter. First on 24th December, we were told that the Doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital told that Mr. Subash Tomar suffered an heart attach and there were no external injuries. But then these were "rumours" only on twitter, that none of the main stream media guys bothered to confirm. 

Then came this picture



This picture shows Mr. Tomar lying on the ground. Three people, including one girl who is bandaged on her head are trying to help him. But then the picture is not clear. We do not know for sure if it is Mr. Tomar in the picture. So the "rumours" still stay. 

Next came this



Everyone can see very clearly - there is no sign of "serious injuries". No sign of being "badly assaulted". No chance of this being a "rumour" - A "rumour" that the main stream media did not bother to confirm. 

The boy who is seen helping Mr. Tomar came out last evening and refuted the claim of Delhi Police. In his own words, here.

He has made some damaging revelations - that he was the one who took him to the hospital; that the policemen just left him. He also mentioned about the brave girl, who despite being bandaged, has helped him and then rejoined the protests. 

This news was out last night - it remains to be seen how NDTV reacts to this news and issues clarifications. A tweet has been sent to the head of the ethics committee of NDTV. This particular blog piece is "work in progress" - if NDTV comes with detailed clarifications today, the same will be updated here. 

More blogs to follow on the violence, the political response, the media coverage etc... 

PS: Pretty much every news outlet mentioned that Mr. Tomar was "seriously injured". None have clarified so far. But to the extent that I have followed, none have been as brazen about this as NDTV was... hence the concentration on NDTV...

Update 1 (a few hours after the above blog piece was written): 

1. A video clipping of protestors helping Mr. Tomar, is now available. So even if you assume the pictures are morphed - here's the video

2. Few folks have even commented below saying IBN Live is now tweeting that the doctor confirmed that Mr. Tomar died of heart attack. 

3. When I mentioned the brazen behaviour of NDTV before, I did not see what was coming. Their group editor, Barkha Dutt has this to say

"If Cops version on Tomar's tragic death false it must be reported. If charges framed falsely- that too. But pls lets keep it above politics"

Keep it above politics?? Just what is political about this? This government is shamelessly trying to exploit the death of a policeman, but those who bring out the truth are playing "politics"? The abyss into which NDTV can continue to plunge seems to be unending. 





25 comments:

Manish Rathi said...

nyc article ..pl keep it up !! may god shower u awl success n fame which u deserve

Anonymous said...

BURQA is an Traitor when she showed Live the positions of Security personnel in Kargil & Mumbai- which kept enemies aware of their movements - BEING PAID MEDIA of CORRUPT CONgis she was awarded PADMA !! - LESS SAID ABOUT RADIA TAPES is BETTER.

shruti sharma said...

its so sad that media is playing that kind of dirty politics, this country has no hope,country of pseudos and they help congress to encash the vote of poor, shame

Srik said...

Sick. The media has been arm twisted into making false reports and hiding critical information through the 'advisory'. Looks like China and North Korea have better freedom of press and democracy than India

Ravi said...

Whatever the Police or politicians claim. To hell with them. Those victimised by murder charges against the decieved constable should be apologised & those who framed charges against the 8 innocent people should be chargesheeted from framing false charges against innocent.

CodeNameV said...

Meanwhile, The Hindu reported without even a shred of evidence that Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena incited violence on Sunday. This is the second they did it after incidents in Bangalore about threats to North East students. Looking at all this probably JV between NDTV and The Hindu makes perfect sense!

Peeyush Gupta said...

Where is the postmortem report? Shoudnt there be one? I guess it will clarify a lot of issues. Or they didnt even perform postmortem so his death can be used as political weapon?

TomKat said...

Here, Ravish from NDTV brings Yogendra, the guy who helped the Cop (left-most man in your pic).
See his tweet here: https://twitter.com/ravishndtv/status/283767653322088449

Video of Ravish's show: http://t.co/PeBcmRVf

So, please update your post with it.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog. Now the video is also out. Please upload the video and post Morten report confirming Mr Tomar died of Heart attack.

Anonymous said...

CNN IBN Just tweeted this - https://twitter.com/IBNLiveRealtime/status/283824827725393920

Rugved M said...

Very good! Excellent work sir. Expose their immoral behaviour. Don't spare a single one of them.

వెన్నెల రాజ్యం1 said...

బట్టలూడదీశారండీ బాబూ

$u)hir said...

In fact, Barkha Dutt always seems to do the very same things she suggests others do:

1) sounding "so very cynical" in her posts, very very negative in her posts all the time. I feel I don't see even an iota of progressive words being used .. journalism imbalance at it's best

2) always "jumping the gun" in reporting something that does with the Govt (in this case, the death of Subhash Tomar, which would act against the protesters)

your blog is superb account of what happens at NDTV.

Prannoy Roy, are you reading all this ? Time to rein in the anti-professional elements in your shop perhaps, else the day isn't far, to close it's shutters ...

Dinipc said...

Excellent coverage on this expose of Barkha Dutt. The antics and unethical coverage of NDTV is quite obvious to most tweeple, however it needs proper documentation which selfless souls like you provide. Kindly keep the great work going!

Kishore Kumar Manchala said...

NDTV shame on india media

Pankaj Jethi said...

BUT WHAT CHOICE NDTV HAS BUT TO ASS LICK THE GOVT.AFTER ALL THEY HAVE TO KEEP THEMSELVES GOING FINANCIALLY. AND THEY CAN DO THAT ONLY BY BEING A DOORDARSHAN 2 OF GOI.
AND BURQA DUTT,SHE HAS TOO MANY SKELETONS IN HER CLOSET. REMEMBER RADIA TAPES WERE RECORDED BY GOI.

gc said...

I have stopped watching NDTV long back

Anonymous said...

Pl. do not give so much impoertance to Barkha Dutt / Rajdeep / NDTV ??? Most of balance minded persons have already stopped viewing their channels. It clearly shows in their TRPs.
They are telecasting only for their masters, so don't worry and let them earn their bread, "THEEK HAI"

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