TV channel’s office attacked during Himani Savarkar interview

November 26th, 2008 - 10:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida, Nov 26 (IANS) The office of a private TV channel Sudarshan TV was attacked here, employees of the channel said Wednesday. The incident occurred while Abhinav Bharat’s Himani Savarkar was being interviewed in a studio. The attack took place at the sector 4 office of the channel at about 9.30 p.m. Tuesday while Himani Savarkar was being interviewed in the studio, the employees said.

“A group of men entered the reception of the channel and as the guard was not present, they broke the windows and destroyed other property,” an employee said.

Himani Savarkar’s interview was immediately stopped after news of the attack spread in the office.

“Before anybody could stop them, the culprits had fled the office. We still do not know the reason behind the attack,” the employee added.

Refuting claims that the attack was targeted at Savarkar, Senior Superintendent of Police R.K. Chaturvedi said: “The miscreants only wanted to target the channel’s office and not Savarkar, as perceived. If that had been their intention, they would have headed straight into the studio and attacked her. But instead, they just broke the glass windows and fled the spot within five minutes.”

Savarkar described the incident as an act of some groups that were opposed to the recent alliance of Hindu groups in the wake of the recent arrests in the Malegaon blasts case.

“Never has it happened before. This alliance is unacceptable to the Congress and it is because of that the attack has taken place. It is the outcome of a dirty game played by the Congress,” Savarkar said after the incident.

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