Reporters like Michael Kruse, Manya Brachear and Kenneth P. Vogel might take careful note about how their masters will ultimately treat them. “Video: Bukhari thrashes scribe over Ayodhya query,” from PTI, October 14 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Shahi Imam of the Delhi Jama Masjid, Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, on Thursday lost his cool when a journalist questioned him regarding the Ayodhya verdict during a press conference, following which he was thrashed by supporters of the cleric.
Mohammed Abdul Waheed Chisti, a reporter with a local Urdu daily, raised a question relating to the ownership of the disputed site before the construction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.
Chisti asked the Shahi Imam to spell out his stand on the mention of King Dashrath’s name in land records of 1528 before the Babri mosque was constructed.
Initially, Bukhari skirted the question but when the journalist insisted, he was threatened.
“Get him out of this conference, Bukhari shouted while accusing the journalist of working against the interests of the Muslims,” he said.
Bukhari’s supporters then thrashed the journalist in full public glare.
People like him will ‘not be tolerated by Muslims at any cost,’ the Shahi Imam said before leaving the press conference….