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Video: Attackers hurl crude bomb at Tamil news channel office

A person surrendred in a Tamil Nadu court on Thursday, claiming responsibility for an attack on the headquarters of Tamil News channel Puthiya Thalaimurai. A CCTV footage captured the attack on camera.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2015 16:20 IST
HT Correspondent
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An activist of a fringe rightwing outfit surrendered before a court on Thursday claiming responsibilty for the attack on a Tamil news channel in Chennai.

Jeyam Pandian, a functionary of the Hindu Ilaignar Sena ( Hindu Youth Sena) , surrendered before a judicial magistrate's court in Madurai after two crude bombs packed in tiffin boxes were hurled at the office of TV channel Puthiya Thalaimurai in the early hours of the day.

The channel's CCTV cameras captured four men on motorcycles carrying out the attack around 3am

The attack took place at a time the news channel was under attack by right-wing fringe outfits for recording a controversial current affairs programme.

"Under the banner of freedom of expression, the channel should not resort to nonsensical and sacrilegious discussions," Pandian said.

No one was injured in the attack and there was not much damage to the property of the TV channel.

The incident comes close on the heels of the channel removing a controversial show about 'Thaali' (Mangalsutra) on Sunday when Hindu Munnani activists opposed it and staged a protest.

Unidentified persons had also attacked a videojournalist and damaged his camera in an attempt to intimidate the channel

Watch: Attackers hurl crude bomb at Tamil news channel's office