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Suspected RSS men 'barge into' The Hindu office

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 15, 2013
First Published: 22:17 IST(15/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:56 IST(15/10/2013)

Alleged right wing activists reportedly barged into the office of The Hindu at Coimbatore to lodge a protest against an article about the RSS written by senior journalist Vidya Subramanian, which was translated in a newspaper in Tamil brought out by the same media group.

They however left after talking to the Editor of the Tamil newspaper, also called The Hindu.

"Some RSS men barged into The Hindu office in Coimbatore upset about Vidya's article that was republished in Tamil. They met the editorial staff of the Tamil Hindu newspaper and then left. We have asked the police to guard the premises," editor of The Hindu Siddharth Varadarajan told HT over phone.

"Vidya has also filed a complaint regarding threatening calls she has received after the article."

The Hindu Tamil Nadu bureau chief K Venkatramanan said, "Four to five people came to the Coimbatore office and insisted on meeting the editor of the Tamil Hindu newspaper. They left after that." He denied that there was any vandalism at the office.

Despite repeated queries from HT, the RSS denied that its activists had lodged any protest at the office of The Hindu. "No such protest at Coimbatore or Chennai is in my knowledge," said RSS all-India media cell convenor Manmohan Vaidya.

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