JAGIROAD: Few days after Jagiroad BJP candidate Pijush Hazarika had reportedly threatened a couple of journalists of dire consequences for broadcast of an allegedly doctored video of his wife Aimee Baruah’s speech in an election meeting here, one of the two journalists concerned, Tulsi Manta, has filed a police complaint requesting an investigation into the broadcast of the same video.
In a complaint filed with Jagiroad Police Station, Manta has also alleged that his video was doctored after he forwarded an uncut footage to his fellow journalist Nazrul Islam.
In his complaint, Manta has stated that the particular video in which Baruah made a statement regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 was recorded by a journalist Ajay Paul who shared it uncut on Jagiroad Press Club’s Whatsapp group.
“Like all other journalists, I also shared it with my office group. It was not broadcast in the channel I work for though. After that, journalist Nazrul Islam requested me to forward the same footage to his mobile, which I did. However, I was shocked when an edited version of the same footage was played in the channel he works for. The word ‘Bengali’ was removed from the speech giving it a complete different meaning,” Manta stated in his complaint.
"I have filed the complaint requesting the police to investigate into the possibility of the footage being doctored. I have not filed any complaint against Nazrul Islam," Manta clarified.
The video was broadcast in a leading vernacular satellite news channel based in Guwahati. Baruah drew much flaks after the alleged doctored video was published.
Hazarika had reportedly called up Islam on the poll day (April 1) to threaten both Manta and him with dire consequences for the broadcast of the alleged doctored video. Hazarika was heard losing his cool in the call that was taped and played on the same television channel. It, however, drew flaks for Hazarika.
In the complaint, Manta has requested the police to initiate action for authorised use of the footage and also for the doctored version broadcast in the channel he works for.
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