In an impassioned October 20 broadcast, Sudarshan News’ Suresh Chavhanke hurled abuses at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and claimed, “See how Owaisi danced yesterday after the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari.” Hindu Samaj leader Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on October 18. Chavhanke played a video and asserted that the Hyderabad MP danced on October 19, a day after Tiwari was murdered.
चोरों और आतंकियो की मौत का मातम मनाने वाला ओवैसी #कमलेश_तिवारी के बलिदान के बाद झूम कर नाचा
ऐसे लगा कि जैसे इसका कोई मिशन सफ़ल हुआ हो.@myogiadityanath@AmitShah और @narendramodi जी, इसका बाहर रहना न जाने और कितने #KamleshTiwari
की हत्या की वजह बनेगा@aimim_national#BindasBolpic.twitter.com/bggFOvUHWU
— Suresh Chavhanke “Sudarshan News” (@SureshChavhanke) October 20, 2019
Chavhanke shared the broadcast from his personal Twitter handle and linked the AIMIM chief to the murder – “Owaisi, who mourns the death of thieves and terrorists, is dancing with such joy after Kamlesh Tiwari’s sacrifice. It seems as if he has accomplished some mission. Yogi Adityanath, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi, one never knows how many Kamlesh Tiwari will be murdered if this man roams freely.”
The broadcast tweeted by Chavhanke showed barely a minute and a half of the nearly one-hour-long show. The complete broadcast was uploaded on Sudarshan News’ official YouTube page on October 21 titled, “कमलेश तिवारी की तबाही की धमकी देने वाले उन्मादी ओवैसी को गिरफ्तार करो Arrest the one who wished devastation for Kamlesh Tiwari.”
This video of Asaduddin Owaisi was taken a day before Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead. The clip was uploaded by ANI on October 18 and the news agency clearly mentions that it was shot on October 17 – “Maharashtra: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi performs a dance step after the end of his rally at Paithan Gate in Aurangabad. (17.10.2019).“ Tiwari was murdered on October 18.
Maharashtra: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi performs a dance step after the end of his rally at Paithan Gate in Aurangabad. (17.10.2019) pic.twitter.com/AldOABp2yd
— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2019
“NOT DANCING”: OWAISI
The AIMIM chief’s video was taken during a rally in Aurangabad ahead of the Maharashtra polls. As reported by Zee News, Owaisi was not really dancing but promoting his party’s symbol, a kite, by performing a kite-flying move.
Owaisi can also be heard stating the same to the media. Saying that he was imitating pulling the string of a kite, the Muslim leader alleged that a song was morphed into the video, “I was far way from Music and will remain far away…”
“Main apni party ke symbol patang ko kheench mara hu, kisi ne us video par koi gaana laga diya jo galat hai, hum aisi baaton par zyada dhyaan nahi dete” Aurangabad me Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi Sahab ka media ko bayaan @asadowaisipic.twitter.com/uLttpHn34x
— Mohsin (@mohsinaddeen96) October 19, 2019
Sudarshan News, therefore, ran a provocative broadcast using a piece of misinformation. The news channel and its editor-in-chief have often been found circulating misinformation along communal lines. Earlier, the organisation played a video morphed with slogans calling to kill RSS workers. The channel also spread the false news that a ‘decree’ was issued by a mosque against the UP police.