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Disaster in Uttrakhand and Narendra Modi visit to the area

India: Petition to Press Council of India - Inquire into serious violation of media ethics by Times of India

23 June 2013

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Petitioning Hon’ble MR. Mr.Justice Markandey Katju (retd)

Chairperson, Press Council of India: Inquire into serious violation of media ethics by Times of India

Petition by
Samar Anarya
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Dear Sir,

As per Times of India report (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-lands-in-Uttarakhand-flies-out-with-15000-Gujaratis/articleshow/20721118.cms) Narendra Modi flies in Uttarakhand, goes in a huddle with his crack team and then sends 15000 Gujaratis back to safety in one night. How, I ask, when even the Army has been able to rescue just 20000 in a week. The questions are-

1- How did Team Modi selectively locate these Gujaratis apart from all those stranded from 27 other Indian States and 7 Union Territories?

2- Did Modi’s choppers and Boeings and luxury buses were given priority landing rights? If yes, did they choose Gujaratis over those more in need?

3- That is if Team Modi disposed all rules of rescue that define the order of evacuation- seriously sick first, followed by children and elderly, followed by women and able bodied men?

4- If the answer to the above questions is yes then this act of privileging Gujarati victims over all above is a criminal act and those responsible should be prosecuted.

If no, then ToI is lying in plain and simple terms and It should be punished for masquerading Paid Advertisement as news.

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