Guwahati: Noted RTI activist from Assam and one of the close lieutenants of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, Akhil Gogoi, alleged on Saturday that the journo who had shot the video of molestation of a minor girl on last Monday had actually instigated the incident.

Gogoi also produced video-footage of the incident to substantiate his claims after which many scribe bodies condemned the journo for his alleged acts and demanded probe in this matter.

But the TV Channel where the journo is working rejected such claims.

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Gogoi who screened the video at the Guwahati Press Club alleged that the news channel journalist filming it on his mobile phone was joined by a colleague to whom he was heard saying that he had 'organised the incident'.

Gogoi alleged that the second journalist was heard saying that the girl had been ruined to which the first scribe replied that it was 'he who had urged them to do so'.

Claiming that he had secured the raw footage, the RTI activist alleged that the news channel during telecast edited out these portions.

Managing Editor of the news channel Syed Zarir Hussain told that Gogoi's allegations were baseless.

"A journalist of the channel happened to be present at the spot when the incident broke out and he began recording it and called the office for a camera team," Hussain said.

"Gogoi has acquired the video from our channel and we have never denied that our journalists were present at the spot," Hussain said.

"The video footage makes it clear that both the journalists of the channel not only tried to protect the girl, but also called the police for help," Hussain said.

"It is indeed a tragedy that instead of demanding the arrest of the culprits, Gogoi is making such baseless allegations," he said.

The TV news channel on Sunday aired fresh footage to establish that its journalist and cameraman tried to save the girl and asked the mob to stay away.

The two were heard in the footage telling the mob to stop and asking the girl not to go alone. "Police will come soon... go with them."


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