Republic Media Network’s Senior Consulting Editor – Strategic Affairs Major (retd.) Gaurav Arya on Friday condemned the “diabolical” plan to intimidate Arnab Goswami. He was referring to ‘Operation Arnab’ which was reportedly conceived by Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh to arrest Arnab in a 2018 case.
Major (retd) Gaurav Arya remarked, “To choke his voice and break his pen, Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister of Maharashtra conceives a diabolical plan. This plan is called ‘Operation Arnab’. 40 handpicked policemen armed with assault rifles led by an encounter specialist barged into this man’s home early morning. They harass, intimidate and hurt his family. They arrest this man and put him behind bars. Today, India is seeing the darkest days, even darker than the 1975 Emergency.”
At the same time, he exuded faith in the judiciary rendering justice to Arnab. According to him, this issue is linked to the right to freedom of speech and expression. Quoting the Sanskrit verse, ‘Those who protect Dharma are protected by Dharma’, he expressed hope that Arnab would definitely get justice.