Rohit Ranjan, a Zee anchor, was held due to a false Rahul Gandhi video

Police officers from two states are currently battling for control of the anchor Rohit Ranjan.


Days after the channel aired an inaccurate Rahul Gandhi video for which it had issued an apology, a Zee TV news anchor was taken into custody by the police from his house outside of Delhi on Tuesday.

In a dramatic video shot this morning, police officers from the BJP- and Congress-ruled states of Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are currently squabbling over the custody of the anchor, Rohit Ranjan.

The police in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, blocked the Chhattisgarh police from arresting the anchor and instead took him away.


When the Chhattisgarh squad arrived to the anchor’s home at around 5.30 am, the anchor tweeted an SOS to the Uttar Pradesh police.

In response to Ranjan’s claim that the Chhattisgarh police had not informed the local police before coming to arrest him, the Chhattisgarh police said that as long as a warrant was in place, no one needed to be informed.

The Ghaziabad police transported the anchor to an undisclosed location in order to prevent the Chhattisgarh team from arresting him. The anchor is currently being held by the UP police on charges that are subject to bail.

Cases were lodged in Congress-ruled states Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh shortly after Ranjan aired a statement made by Rahul Gandhi on an attack on his office in Kerala’s Wayanad on his programme and reportedly used it as commentary on the killers of the Udaipur tailor.

An FIR has also been filed against BJP politician Rajyavardhan Rathore, who also shared the video.

Later, the channel apologised. Apologising for the same, Ranjan on his show said, “Yesterday, in our show DNA, Rahul Gandhi’s statement was taken in the wrong context by linking it to the Udaipur incident, it was a human error for which our team apologises.”

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was referring to the attack on his Wayanad office when he said, “The children who did this have acted in an irresponsible way. They are kids, forgive them.”

Ashok Gehlot, the chief minister of Rajasthan, responded to the incident by claiming that the way the TV station and the anchor played the film gave the impression that Rahul Gandhi was saying that those who killed Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur were children and should be forgiven.

“The whole country knows the history of the BJP-RSS; they are pushing the country into the fire of hatred . No matter how much these traitors try to break the country, the Congress will continue to do more to unite India,” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while referring to the misleading video.