Targetting the opposition BJP, the ruling Shiv Sena on Thursday said that the arrest of journalist Arnab Goswami was not an attack on the freedom of the press. The BJP strongly condemned the government for the arrest of Republic TV editor-in-chief and compared it to the period of Emergency.
The Sena cited action taken on journalists in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. Arnab was arrested by police on Wednesday from his residence in Mumbai for allegedly abetting the suicide of interior designer Anvay Naik in 2018. Later, he was produced in court which sent him to 14-days judicial custody.
The mouthpiece of the party, said, “One innocent man and his mother died by suicide. To get justice, his wife is fighting. Police are following law and order. Stop crying, chest-thumping for a dramebaaz.” The editorial also criticised the ‘experienced’ central ministers for joining Maharashtra BJP in saying there was an ‘Emergency-like situation in Maharashtra because of arrest of Goswami.
Lashing out at the saffron party, the Sena said that nobody felt the incidents of UP and Gujarat with the journalists were reminders of the Emergency. “In fact, the state BJP leaders should demand justice for Anvay Naik, a son of the soil,” the editorial said and claimed that a journalist was arrested in Gujarat for writing against the state government, while in Uttar Pradesh, journalists have been killed.
The Sena said it was surprising that central ministers along with state BJP leaders should say there was an “Emergency-like situation” in Maharashtra due to Goswami’s arrest. It alleged that the previous state government “covered up” Naik’s suicide case to protect the Republic TV editor.