A Republic TV reporter was seen heckling an ESIC hospital doctor near DND flyover Noida as he was on his way to work.
The reporter is seen doubting Dr Ashish Singhal's credentials and further accusing him of carrying a fake identity card.
Following the incident Noida's ESIC Hospital put out a statement, on March 24, criticising Republic for harassing one of their doctors for 'violating the lockdown' issued by the state government in light of COVID-19 outbreak.
The hospital in its statement clarified that Dr Singhal is the Director and Medical Superintendent of ESIC Hospital, which has the capacity of 300 beds.
"Though the role of the media cannot be undermined, ESIC requests their cooperation and forbearance in these testing times to ensure that the person working in emergency services are not interrupted or inconvenienced in the performance of their duties," the statement reads.
The TV channel flashed the text 'A man shows a fake ID card and tries to venture out' while broadcasting the video of the incident.
Speaking to the camera the reporter reiterates that the doctor violated rules, argued with the police and refused to cooperate. The doctor can be seen frantically trying to prove to the police that he is indeed who he claims to be.
The reporter even goes on to state that the identity card of the doctor is, in reality, an insurance card.
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