TV Channel Pulled up After Calling Delhi Locals ‘Rohingyas’

The DMC has issued a notice to Sudarshan TV over a report it telecast about the residents of Bawana in north Delhi.

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The TV channel has been issued a notice for its report. 

A notice was issued to a TV channel by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) for airing a report which allegedly referred to some locals of north Delhi's Bawana area as "Rohingyas" and "Bangladeshis", the panel's head said.

"The DMC has issued a notice to Sudarshan TV over a report it telecast about the residents of Bawana in north Delhi," its chairman Zafarul Islam Khan said.

He said the channel had aired a programme on 11 May that “dubbed” them as “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas” although these Indian citizens had been officially settled there by government agencies after their relocation from various areas of Delhi over the decades.

The managing director of the channel was directed to reply by 12 June with proof to show that the Bawana residents were “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas,” Khan said.

"If it fails, the channel has been directed to tender an unconditional written apology and inform the commission what action it has taken against the reporter and the staff who prepared and aired the fake report that spread disaffection against a section of Indian citizens," he said.

The DMC also ordered the channel to air the apology and submit an undertaking that it would not telecast such reports in future.

The commission has said in its notice that should the channel fail to positively reply to the notice, “appropriate action” would be taken against it.

A notice was also issued to the deputy commissioner of police of north district to file a report about the action taken against the said broadcast, and a person who was allegedly behind the rumours that the residents of the area were “Bangladeshis” and “Rohingyas,” Khan added.

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