Four men forcibly entered DhiTV studios and attacked five senior officials at the station this afternoon, shortly after the the station aired a report on its 2 o’clock news claiming that Ibrahim Nafiz, ‘Chika’, has been released to house arrest.
Nafiz was sentenced to five years imprisonment in July 2008 for possession of a sword. Although the state also prosecuted Nafiz for alleged drug trafficking, the charges could not be proven at court and were dismissed.
Sub-inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed that police had received a report of the incident this afternoon and could not divulge further information while the investigation was ongoing.
DhiTV CEO Yousuf Navaal said the station did not wish to provide any information regarding the incident as he feared it would aggravate the situation.
Haveeru employee stabbed
Three hours after the alleged gang attack on DhiTV, a Haveeru employee was stabbed in the back.
Abdul Razzag Adam, 39, who works at the printing department, was knifed outside the Haveeru office building while he was on his cycle.
According to a family member, Razzag is in a critical condition and is currently undergoing treatment at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
Meanwhile, although police have sent four officers to DhiTV, Naval said the attack on a Haveeru employee had shown that individual employees cannot be protected at all times.
Navaal said DhiTV had decided not to run the story again in its news tonight.
‘Until we receive assurance [of our safety] that we can report this type of news, we will not cover it anymore,’ he said.
Sub-inspector Shiyam said it was “difficult to say” whether the two attacks were connected at this stage of the investigation.