Rajdeep Sardesai manhandled outside Madison Sq Garden ahead of Modi address

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2014 20:58 IST

Senior Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was manhandled outside Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday by some people who had reportedly assembled for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address.

The news created quite a buzz on Twitter after @JFK_America posted, “Mob of people attacking an Indian journalist for being critical of Modi on the past. Accused if being a traitor (sic)”.

To numerous queries, he clarified the journalist was Sardesai, a well-known television anchor and reporter.

Sardesai, who quit as the editor-in-chief of IBN 18 Network in July, posted on Twitter, "Great crowd at Modison square garden! except a few idiots who still believe abuse is a way of proving their machismo!(sic)"

He added, "Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them. (sic)"

Sardesai also posted, "Great publicity for my book. All those who took selfies have promised to buy it!" He did not, however, clarify if this was related to him being manhandled.

A video of the manhandling was soon up on YouTube, but HT could not immediately verify its authenticity.

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