Picture Shantakumaran Sreesanth pumping his hands, shaking his head and talking to himself as he walks back to the top of his run-up. Now, replace him with the image of a television anchor of your choice and replace the cherry with a mike, going over his lines before the camera rolls.
"Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Shirish Shinde just spoke to us and said the police have not intimated party leader Raj Thackeray about his arrest. He was particularly sent outside [Raj's home in Shivaji Park in Mumbai] the house to inform us about the developments. He [Shinde] also denied police officers came to Raj's home to question him," the reporter spoke breathlessly. If you found nothing wrong in it, you hadn't seen any news channel from Wednesday morning.
Yes, Raj was indeed arrested at 4.25pm on Wednesday evening. But not before the television channels went about 'breaking the news' of his 'imminent arrest' for over 36 hours.
Here are a few glimpses and voices of people who actually spent most of those hours outside Raj's home.
Image: Journalists dabble in a game of cricket at Shivaji Park. Raj Thackeray's house is in a lane abutting the ground where he addressed his first public meeting on March 19, 2006 after launching his party. The Shiv Sena also took roots in Shivaji Park.
Text: Krishnakumar P; Images: Arun Patil
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