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ममता बनर्जी के साथ विदेश दौरे पर गए पत्रकार चम्मच चुराते पकडे गए

Banerjee Chief Minister of India's eastern state of West Bengal gestures during news conference in Kolkataविदेश दौरे पर कोई नेता जाता है तो कोशिश रहती है की देश का नाम रोशन करके आये, विदेश की मीडिया में उनकी हैडलाइन रहे अच्छे कामो की लेकिन इस बार विदेश में शर्मसार होना पड़ा देश को बात ये है ममता बनर्जी लंदन दौरे पर है वहा वो अपने दौरे को कवर करने के लिए पत्रकार ले गयी थी.उनके पत्रकार ने देश का नाम डुबो दिया 50 यूरो भारतीय रुपयों में जोड़ा तो लगभग 4000 बैठेगा। 4000 के चांदी के चम्मच के लिए अपनी बेइज्जती करवा ली साथ साथ देश की मट्टी पलीद कर दिया। पता नहीं टॉवल साबुन भी चुराया होगा, क्योंकि वो तो मेटल डिटेक्टर का साइरन नहीं बजने देगा।हालांकि उस पत्रकार का नाम बाहर नहीं आया, होटल कर्मचारियों ने CCTV खंगाला तो पता चला की पत्रकार महोदय ने चमचा दबा लिए.स्टोरी आउट लुक वेबसाइट पर है।

आउटलुक के हवाले से मिली खबर के अनुसार पश्चिम बंगाल की सीएम ममता बनर्जी के साथ आधिकारिक टूर पर लंदन गए कुछ पत्रकारों ने होटल में डिनर के दौरान चांदी की चम्मचें चुरा लीं। पत्रकारों की यह हरकत सीसीटीवी कैमरे में कैद हो गई। पत्रकारों को इस अपराध के लिए 50 पौंड का जुर्माना भरना पड़ा। इस घटना के बाद होटल के सिक्यॉरिटी स्टाफ ने जब पत्रकारों की इस कारगुजारी का खुलासा किया तो एक को छोड़कर सभी ने चुराई हुईं चम्मचें लौटा दीं, लेकिन एक पत्रकार अपनी गलती नहीं मानने पर अड़ गए। हालांकि कैमरे में वह स्पष्ट तौर पर चम्मच चोरी करते पकड़े गए थे। रिपोर्ट के अनुसार ममता बनर्जी के साथ आधिकारिक टूर पर गए सभी पत्रकार अपने-अपने संस्थानों में वरिष्ठ संपादक हैं। बंगाली भाषा के एक न्यूज पेपर में कार्यरत एक पत्रकार ने सबसे पहले चम्मचें चुराईं। इसके बाद एक-एक कर सभी पत्रकारों ने ‘मछली नहीं, बल्कि पूरा तालाब ही गंदा है’ वाली कहावत को चरितार्थ किया। एक बंगाली पत्रकार ने बताया कि चोरी के आरोप में पकड़े गए पत्रकार समझ रहे थे कि सीसीटीवी कैमरे काम नहीं कर रहे हैं, क्योंकि अक्सर बंगाल में सीसीटीवी कैमरे काम नहीं करते। हालांकि ऐसा नहीं था। सभी कैमरे काम कर रहे थे। वहीं एक बंगाली पत्रकार के अनुसार विदेशों दौरे पर गए कुछ पत्रकारों की चम्मच चुराने की आदत होती है।

Such reports have been appearing in Bengali newspapers, but the Outlook website  became the first English website to carry a detailed report on Tuesday.According to Outlook, the embarrassing development took place at a luxury hotel in London, where the Bengal CM was the VVIP guest. While the guests were having dinner, few journalists were caught on CCTV stealing cutlery items.According to some reports, the first one to initiate the stealing was a senior journalist with a Bengali newspaper. This journalist in question reportedly often travelled with Banerjee on her foreign tours.The topic has dominated the conversations on social media. Here are some reactions;

( https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/senior-journalists-accompanying-mamata-to-london-steal-silver-cutlery-during-off/306637)

As for the Indian scribes they were all senior editors, handpicked by their organizations to accompany the CM on this very important tour. That they would be polishing off the cutlery along with the delicacies served was quite unthinkable, given that they were supposed to be the famed “conscience keepers” and the “fourth pillar” of the thriving democracy that India is. But the CCTV footage was rolling and it was clearly happening.

Allegedly the first to pick a set of dessert spoons off the table and into his pocket was a senior journalist, a reporter with a respected Bengali newspaper. Confirming this to Outlook, another senior journalist, the editor of another news publication, who was part of the delegation, said that this particular reporter was a regular on Banerjee’s foreign tours.

According to some reports, several other scribes, who had noticed him, didn’t want to miss out on the loot and followed suit perhaps erroneously thinking that they would get away with it. That the hidden CCTV cameras were capturing their every move didn’t occur to them.

“Or they possibly thought that the cameras wouldn’t be working anyway as is often the case in Bengal,” quipped another member of the Bengali team of journalists, clearly taking a dig at Bengal’s notorious infrastructural shortcomings.

After much pondering the security staff decided to quietly inform the journalists that they had been watching them and knew what they were doing and requested them to put the stolen items back on the table. Most of them felt ashamed and returned the silver.  Only one gentleman however apparently refused to admit that he had stolen anything and even dared the staff to search his pockets. But what he didn’t realize however, according to some reports, was that the CCTV

cameras captured him putting all his loot into the bag of another fellow journalist from Bengal hoping that he, instead of himself, would be blamed.

That was the point when the hotel had had enough and told him that he would be reported to the police unless he cooperated. Eventually he confessed and was let off after paying a fine of 50 pounds.  Though the newspaper house for which he works declined to comment on the incident other than to say, as did one of its senior editors when contacted by Outlook, “Yes, it’s true,” the news apparently spread like wildfire within the Indian community in London.According an account by a Bengali journalist, this particular man has a “habit of regularly pilfering cutlery and other goods from hotels during foreign tours though this is the first time he got caught.” He goes to the extent of claiming that this man “is a cheapskate who stays in economy hotels to save money but reaches the star hotel of the CM so that he could partake of the free and lavish breakfast served there.” His contemporaries also cast aspersions on his merits as a journalist with claims that the disgraced scribe is the son of a well-known Bengali author, who used his father’s connections to land a job at the newspaper though he was not qualified. He is said to have initially joined as a clerk but then

moved up, “using his manipulative abilities not just to become a journalist but to get himself attached to all the foreign trips and junkets”.  Clearly though, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth in the world of journalism, but had a knack for knowing how to get it.

 

 

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