New Delhi: In a case of media vigilantism, a reporter from news channel Republic TV was spotted live on March 24 standing by a team of policemen at the DND flyover which connects Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh, heckling a doctor on his way to work for ‘violating the lockdown’.
When the senior doctor, Anish Singhal, who is the director and medical superintendent of the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Noida, showed the reporter his identity card, the reporter termed it ‘fake’. In fact, the channel ran a banner which said, “A man shows fake ID card and tries to venture out”. The reporter even takes the doctor’s ID card and flashes it on to the TV screens, calling it “fake”.
ESIC, a statutory body under the Central Ministry of Labour and Employment, offers medical services to around 3.5 crore workers, primarily from the lower strata of the society.
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The ESIC Hospital later issued a press release about the incident, saying, “It is clarified that Dr. Singhal is director and medical superintendent of the 300 bedded ESIC Hospital, Noida (sector 24) where many patients are admitted which include critical one(s). When (the) news clip was shot, Dr. Singhal was trying to convince the police personnel to allow him to enter through checkpoint, when the reporter interrupted and started arguing (with the doctor).”
To contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Delhi administration has imposed a lockdown and has closed its borders with neighbouring states. Only those persons engaged in essential services, and vehicles transporting them, are allowed to ply or cross the borders.