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TDN World Desk: Uttar Pradesh Police have lodged an FIR against news portal Scroll.in’s executive editor Supriya Sharma for a report that tells story of hunger misery during the lock down in the adopted village of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The cases registered against Sharma on June 13 includes charges under section 501 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code, along with relevant provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989.

In her report titled “In Varanasi village adopted by Prime Minister Modi, people went hungry during the lockdown”,journalist Sharma had quoted a woman named Mala where she, as claimed by the report, told her hardship due to lack of food and ration during the lock down.

In the First Information Report Mala Devi contradicted the report claiming her comments have been misrepresented by the Executive Editor.

Responding to the FIR Scroll.in said that it stands by its article.

“Scroll.in interviewed Mala in Domari village, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on June 5, 2020. Her statements have accurately been reported in the article titled, ‘In Varanasi village adopted by Prime Minister Modi, people went hungry during the lockdown.’Scroll.in stands by the article, which has been reported from the Prime Minister’s constituency.”

“This FIR is an attempt to intimidate and silence independent journalism, reporting on conditions of vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 lockdown,” said the statement.