FIR against Arnob Goswami

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SRINAGAR: Chairman, Peoples Political Party (PPP), Hilal Ahmad War Wednesday registered an FIR against the Times Now Editor-in-Chief and anchor Arnob Goswami for allegedly threatening him on News Hour debate a couple of days ago.

War told a local news agency that  he approached police station Kothibagh and registered an FIR against “media fascist”  Goswami. “While participating in the debate, I expressed my free opinion and used the right to expression to project my views on the subject. In the course of the debate, the anchor (accused) threatened me of consequences saying that I had exposed myself,” said War, “The accused, Arnob Goswami, threatened me a number of times, which gives me sufficient belief that there is a threat to my life from him.”  Calling him a rabid Hindutva zealot, War said Arnob’s leanings strengthened his apprehensions.

“Any untoward incident happening to me or my family members should squarely fall on the accused,  Arnob Goswami, who is known more for his Hindutva zealotry, insane nationalism and war-mongering rhetoric than journalistic credentials,” he said adding that the freedom of expression was universally accepted and recognized as a fundamental right.

In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW Editor-in-Chief Arnob Goswami, panellists Subramanian Swamy, Col. Anil Kaul, Lt Gen (retd) D B Shekatkar, Dr Mustafa Kamal, Hilal Ahmad War and Nizamuddin Bhat debated whether the government should authorise a full scale onslaught against militants across all parts of J&K.

A police official said Hilal Ahmed War had lodged a complaint against the Times Now editor and that they were looking into it. (with inputs from CNS)

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