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RSS activists attack Aaj Tak, Headlines Today office in New Delhi

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NEW DELHI: The offices of Aaj Tak and Headlines Today at Jhandewalan area in Central Delhi were attacked by alleged Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists today.

Hundreds of suspected RSS members ransacked the private news channel office of the TV Today Group, smashed glasspanes and destroyed furniture, even as some police persons were present.

It is learnt that the attack was triggered by the Headlines Today sting operation suggesting saffron leaders' involvement in Malegaon and Ajmer blasts. The report, which was aired on Thursday, invited the ire of the Hindu activists.

In the report, the channel had featured Bharatiya Janata Party leader BL Sharma, who made inflammatory remarks against a particular community. The story had said saffron leaders being involved in Malegaon and Ajmer blasts. Others who were put on dock were RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Delhi-based endocrinologist Dr RP Singh and Sharad Kunthe, head of the chemistry department at Pune's Wadia College.

Headlines Today “had exposed how elements in the saffron brigade had plotted Vice-President Hamid Ansari's assassination and attacks on minorities and had links with the Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif bomber,” says a report in India Today.

The incident has been condemned by the Editors Guild, senior journalists including Rajdeep Sardesai and Upendra Rai, and several political leaders. RJD leader Laloo Prasad Yadav said the issue would be raised in Parliament in the session beginning later this month.

The attack has been condemned by the Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and media fraternity. Soni said the matter would be inquired into.

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