NDTV journalist Soumit Mohan on Monday justified political violence unleashed on ABVP karyakartas allegedly by TMC goons.
Mohan, a journalist with NDTV, quoted a news item which stated ABVP activists were allegedly attacked by TMC goons who also vandalised ABVP West Bengal’s Kolkata office. As per ABVP, the TMC goons also deliberately vandalised statues of Lord Hanuman and Goddess Kali.
As per his Twitter bio, he is a journalist associated with NDTV.
Quoting this tweet, Mohan said, ‘jaisi karni, waisi bharni’ (as you sow, so shall you reap).
On May 2, 2021, the ruling party TMC managed to retain West Bengal while BJP won 77 seats. Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief, however, lost Nandigram to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. Subsequently, numerous incidents of violence have been reported from West Bengal. Numerous BJP workers have been brutally assaulted and some even murdered.
NDTV’s Soumit Mohan has since deleted his tweet, but has not apologised for justifying violence.
Mohan has claimed that his Twitter account was compromised since 10:45 PM.
However, his tweet justifying political violence against the ABVP karyakartas came at 10:36 PM.
Few hours later, Soumit claimed that his phone was not with him when the tweet justifying violence was posted from his account.
Soumit claimed that he had stepped out of his society for smoking a cigarette at around 10:15 PM and left his phone unattended in the corridor. He returned at 11 PM which is when he realised his phone was not with him. He claimed that after he found his phone, it was abuzz with notifications on the tweet justifying violence on ABVP office. He claimed that NDTV they do not endorse violence against any political party, caste or religion.