ANI pulls down erroneous story on 11 Bajrang Dal activists being arrested for murder of BJP workers

WrittenBy:NL Team
Date:

Yesterday, ANI reported that 11 Bajrang Dal activists in Bengal “were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of BJP workers”. The report also stated that the “accused” had been taken to Murshidabad but does not provide an official quote or a source on which the story is based. It did cite family members of those arrested, who stated that they were being falsely implicated.

The story was carried by The Times of India, Eenadu and Deccan Chronicle. It was later pulled down by both ANI and TOI without offering any explanations. The DC and Eenadu stories are till up.

The story was not picked up by any other media except ANI. Newslaundry reached out to ANI and was informed that the story was pulled down owing to an “error in assessment”. We were told that the editorial team mixed up two stories. The arrest of the Bajrang Dal activists was in connection with Ram Navami violence in the state and not the gruesome murders of Bharatiya Janata Party workers. We were also informed that ANI told their clients about the error, which is why TOI may have pulled down the story. Be that as it may, given the gravity of the cases, ANI should have offered an explanation on social media and their website. As things stand now, the false story is still being read on at least two web platforms.

subscription-appeal-image

Power NL-TNM Election Fund

General elections are around the corner, and Newslaundry and The News Minute have ambitious plans together to focus on the issues that really matter to the voter. From political funding to battleground states, media coverage to 10 years of Modi, choose a project you would like to support and power our journalism.

Ground reportage is central to public interest journalism. Only readers like you can make it possible. Will you?

Support now

Comments

We take comments from subscribers only!  Subscribe now to post comments! 
Already a subscriber?  Login


You may also like