Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Chhattisgarh on Friday spoke emotively about the killing of Doordarshan videojournalist Achyutananda Sahu by Maoists during an attack in Dantewada on October 30.
"A journalist from Doordarshan who wanted to capture our democracy, celebrate it, was brought down by bullets by Maoists. He went into the jungle taking a risk, wanting to bring progress to you, to present your dreams to the world. But he was instead killed by the Maoists," he said.
He also spoke against Congress's silence on their party member Raj Babbar's revolutionaries comment on the incident. "The Maoists kill an innocent and Congress leaders call them revolutionaries? Do you agree with this? Do you agree with such language? Should such a party have a place in this country?" he said.
Congress UP chief Raj Babar had spoken about the incident saying, “Which government? Is there even a government here? There is government run by Gujaratis and Mumbaikars. This government is for their benefit only. I must clarify one thing, the issue cannot be solved with those (Maoists) revolutionaries by indulging into violent activities. We have to address their questions. You cannot stop those revolutionaries by increasing fear in their minds or bribing them. This is opinion and I have already suggested it to my party."
On October 30, a Doordarshan cameraperson and two CRPF Soldiers attained martyrdom during ambush attack by the Maoists in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh.
DD news journalists Mor Mukut and Deepak Kumar and the slain journalist Achyutananda Sahu were in the area to cover polls in Dantewada Aranpur district. They were on THE route with at least 150 security personnel when the attack took place in jungles of the Neelavaya Village.