The offices of IBN Lokmat and IBN 7, the Marathi and Hindi news channels of the IBN Network were witness to an untoward incident on late Friday afternoon. A bunch of around 20 men, activists of Shiv Sena, stormed in to their offices in Mumbai (in Vikhroli) and Pune and assaulted several employees.
These included the editor-in-chief of the Marathi news channel Nikhil Wagle and other journalists, damaging the office furniture and electronic equipments. The CCTV footage acquired from their offices shows an irate mob forcing its way into the office and attacking employees. A few of the attackers are now in police custody.
The matter reached the chief minister of state Ashok Chavan, who has promised stringent action against the attackers. He also said that the government would examine the legal aspects of making attacks on mediapersons a non-bailable offence. First Published : November 23, 2009