New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has labelled as ‘routine order’ its request to the Indian embassy in the US to look into the request for immediate deportation to India of an American journalist for ‘anti-India behaviour.’ Also Read - Delhi Violence: IB Staffer Ankit Sharma Killed to 'Send Across Message', Probe Indicates
The journalist in question is Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Deputy Bureau Chief Eric Bellman, who is based in India, with the ‘anti-India’ behvaiour reported to be his alleged false reportage on the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma, who was brutally killed during violence in northeast Delhi last month. Also Read - 'He Immediately Rushed to Akhlaq, But Has no Time For Slain IB Official Ankit Sharma': Kapil Mishra Fires Fresh Salvo at Kejriwal
In a tweet, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar later clarified that the complaint was filed by a private individual, adding that referring the complaint was a routine matter. He tweeted, “A complaint against Eric Bellman was filed by a private individual on the government’s Online Grievance Redressal platform. Referring the complaint to the related office is a routine matter as per the standard procedure. No such decision on deportation has been taken by us.”
Bellman, according to reports, had quoted Ankit Sharma’s brother as saying that the IB staffer was killed by a Hindu mob raising slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ The brother, however, later denied that he had blamed a Hindu mob for the murder.
Ankit Sharma was found dead in a drain in Chand Bagh on February 26 with stab wounds on his body.
The Delhi Police has thus far arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Tahir Hussain, who was suspended from his party after his name cropped up, and a youth named Salman in connection with the case.