Distraction from ‘Explosive’ Bihar Caste Survey Findings: Congress on Raids on NewsClick Journalists
GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 3rd Oct. The Congress said on Tuesday that the raids on Newsclick contributing journalists were a “fresh distraction” from the “explosive” findings of the Bihar caste survey and the growing demand for a caste census across the country.
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police conducted raids on 30 sites associated with the online portal NewsClick as well as the houses of its journalists on Tuesday morning, causing outrage among journalists.
The raids on contributing journalists at Newsclick, according to Congress’ media and publicity department chief Pawan Khera, are a “fresh distraction from the explosive findings of caste census in Bihar and the growing demand for caste census across the country.”
“When he faces questions from out of syllabus, he resorts to the only counter he has in his predictable syllabus – DISTRACTION,” Khera said on X.
Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate also slammed the government over the raids.
“Despite an army of sycophants, some journalists still dare to speak the truth.But the Prime Minister has a special problem with those who speak the truth and those who ask questions,” she alleged.
“So they will be raided, intimidated – but Saheb forgets that not everyone’s spine is missing as is the case with sycophants,” Shrinate said in a post in Hindi on X.
The Congress leaders’ remarks came a day after the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar announced the findings of its long-awaited caste survey, which found that OBCs and EBCs account for a whopping 63% of the state’s total population.
Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate raided the firm’s offices to investigate its funding sources. The Special Cell is now raiding the media firm based on information provided by the central agency.
The Special Cell has registered a new case and started an investigation, officials said.