Lok Sabha TV assistant producer Jagrati Shukla, who is known for her controversial tweets is in news again. The journalist retweeted photos on Wednesday, 7 November, of civilians with pellet gun injuries, from Jammu and Kashmir valley, saying that she “preferred real bullets instead of pellets.”
While her account was suspended later, social media is ridden with her controversial tweets.
According to AltNews, Shukla also said that security forces should use “real bullets”, and asked her followers to “retweet if they enjoy the suffering of stone pelting Islamic Jihadi terrorists.”
“Bhai tujhe jisko CC krna hai na, tu krle. Lemme say it loud and clear👇 Indian Security Forces should only use real bullets (not pellets) against Blood Lusting Terrorist Sympathising Stone Pelting Islamist Jihadi Lynch Mobs”, her tweet read, reported AltNews.
Shukla, the Hate Monger
A journalist with a history of communal and bigoted online posts, who has even advocated genocide, was hired by the government run channel Lok Sabha TV in May 2018.
An assistant producer at Lok Sabha TV, she is an active member of the Twitterverse with a following of over 50.7k followers.
Shukla has already been suspended earlier from Twitter for a brief period of time for seemingly instigating lethal violence against the Muslim community, but her account was subsequently reinstated.
Some of Shukla’s most disturbing tweets were later deleted or removed by Twitter’s internal review team. Here’s a sample of some of them:
On World Population Day in 2016, she suggested “population and pest control” by killing “‘em all” in the Kashmir Valley.
She later made an addendum to that thread, saying that Kanhaiya Kumar should be killed too.
Jagrati Shukla also celebrated the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh and asked those desiring a revolution and mourning her murder, “how does it feel to be on the receiving end?”
‘Sikhs Deserved to Be Killed’
In conversation about the 1984 riots, Shukla asserted that Sikhs “deserved” to be killed. She also, however, added a disclaimer to that tweet saying she does not support genocide.
Amid the recent violence that occurred in Aligarh Muslim University over a portrait of Jinnah during ex-Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit, Jagrati Shukla called Ansari “a sophisticated Jihad apologist”, and did not refrain from furthering what she herself knows were “rumors.”
People, however, are outraged and disgusted by Jagrati Shukla’s association with Lok Sabha TV. Some have even alleged that the Government has rewarded her for the “instigating tweets.”
When contacted by The Quint in May 2018, Lok Sabha TV editor Shyam Kishore Sahay said that the matter is “being looked into.”
(This story was first published in May 2018. It has been updated with Shukla’s latest controversial tweet.)