U'khand: Journo going LIVE on victim's shoulder sacked

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Dehradun, June 27: The 'smiling' mockery from the Centre and the state was, as if, not enough to smear chilli on the wounds of the flood victims in Uttarakhand, that a journalist from a leading news channel used a victim to ferry across the water-logged streets in Uttarakhand.

Videos of Narayan Pargaien, perched on the shoulders of a flood victim and reporting, is going viral in the internet, implying the extent of animosity of human nature. One can clearly see the stuttering lanky man bearing his entire weight.

The reporter was later sacked by the head of the channel (according to a report by Hindustan Times), even though the former still had certain things to say in his defence. Claiming that it was not his fault, he justified the act saying that the man wanted to show him some respect by doing so. He further goes ahead and claims that the man was obliged to have a "man of his level" at his home for the first time. Call it bloated ego or arrogance, the act has shamed the media fraternity greatly.

Although the clip was not broadcast by the channel, it was allegedly uploaded on the Internet by the cameraman. Showing his disgust at the incident, the channel head said, "He sent the clip to us. We were shocked to see him sitting on the poor man. You have to be a part of the people and not ride on them." He further added that on asking the reporter the reason behind doing this, he said that he thought there was nothing wrong it. "But then it means he did not use his basic sense of judgement as a human being," said the channel head.

Rescue operations

The channel is now planning to post the controversial video clip on its own site to prove that it condemns such act of inhumanity and that it does not advocate such things.

Meanwhile, air rescue operations have resumed after a spell of rainfall and landslides in Uttarakhand. 3,500 people are yet to be rescued from various areas of Kedarnath.

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