New Delhi: India’s freedom of expression has once again come under attack. This time by none other than the goons sent by the Shiv Sena who carried out coordinated attacks on IBN's offices in Mumbai and Pune on Friday. The attacks -- in the Sena's own words -- were in retaliation for the network's critical coverage of Bal Thackeray's Saamna article on Sachin Tendulkar. The Sena not only claimed the attacks, but issued a threat too -- anyone who criticises their chief will meet the same fate.
Following is the summary of how the situation unfolded.
Lokmat Editor Nikhil Wagle said, "They took 45 minutes, when they should have been here in 10 minutes flat. I made desperate pleas with them myself. When they turned up they had no explanation for the delay."
Saamna Editor Sanjay Raut said, "It was a spontaneous attack. We will not tolerate any criticism of Bal Thackeray."
(With inputs from George Koshy and Raksha Shetty)