Lokmat gets activisty on Bhandara Hosp fire incident

12 Jan,2021

By A Correspondent


On January 9, 2021 there was news of a fire in the neonatal care unit of District General Hospital in Bhandara in Maharashtra. As many as 10 babies were killed. There was an outpour of sympathy from politicians, celebrities and citizens on social media almost immediately after the news broke. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister instantly ordered a probe into the issue.


Said Rishi Darda, Lokmat Joint MD & Editorial Director: “Lokmat has always taken a stand to favour citizens and this time was no different. The Bhandara Hospital fire incident has left the nation stunned and claimed the lives of 10 innocent babies. As a newspaper, we had to do something to apply pressure on the government to take strict and concrete action. We therefore have decided not to publish photos of any politicians visiting the Bhandara Hospital fire site. We demand action and not sympathy.”


Darda also tweeted about it from his Twitter handle


Added Darda: “Lokmat is the largest circulating Marathi newspaper in India and Maharashtra’s No. 1 newspaper for many years. We pride ourselves in being the voice of the public. Research-based news based on facts drives us and for us it has always been Journalism First. By not publishing the photographs of visits of politicians at Bhandara Hospital fire, we have reiterated our philosophy of #पत्रकारितापरमोधर्म”


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