Horrific incident will never fade from my memory: DD scribe

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Nov 2018 08:31:20



A JOURNALIST of national broadcaster Doordarshan, who survived a Maoist strike in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday, said that the sound of bullets and grenades continued for 45 minutes after the attack as he lay in a ditch on the roadside. The DD scribe, Dhiraj Kumar, told PTI the horrific incident would never fade from his memory.

Kumar was lucky to have survived the attack, but his cameraperson Achytanand Sahu (30) lost his life. Along with lighting assistant Mormukut Sharma (35), they had recently arrived in the State for the coverage of the next month’s Assembly polls. “We were in Dantewada for the last two days. We were informed that a polling station had been set up in Nilawaya where people haven’t voted from the past 20 years following which we decided to go there on Tuesday,” he said.

Kumar, who has been working with DD since 2009, said they were heading to the village along with police personnel on around eight motorcycles.
“Ahead of Nilawaya at about 10 am, Sahu was recording visuals on the road. Meanwhile, police personnel removed a Maoist poster put up on a tree branch. Sahu, who was making its visuals, suddenly fell on the ground,” he said. Kumar said initially he thought Sahu had some problem, but then moments later he realised that his colleague was bleeding.


I may be killed in this attack: DD staffer records message for mother


“MUMMY, I love you. I may be killed in this attack.”
This was the message video recorded by Doordarshan staffer Mormukut Sharma for his mother during an attack by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday.

“There is a terror attack. We are in Dantewada for election coverage. While on the way, accompanied by the Army, we were suddenly ambushed by Naxals,” Mormukut Sharma, a 35-year-old Lighting Assistant of DD News, says in the message.

Amidst the sound of gunfire, he is heard saying, “we are surrounded from all sides. It is difficult to survive in this situation. There are six to seven jawans.” In the message, he also says, “Mummy, If I survive, I will be thankful. Mummy, I love you. I may be killed in this attack. The situation is not good. Don’t know why, despite staring at death, I feel no fear.”