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TV9 Bharatvarsh reporter Rupesh Kumar is receiving a lot of praise for hiscoverage of the devastating encephalitis crisis in Bihar in which over a 100children have died

TV9 Bharatvarsh reporter Rupesh Kumar is receiving a lot of praise for his coverage of the devastating encephalitis crisis in Bihar in which over a 100 children have died.

A particular clip of Kumar questioning a BJP leader allowed inside the ICU of a hospital in Muzaffarpur — even as Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was present there — is making the rounds online, prompting people to call Kumar a hero.

In the video, Kumar is seen grilling the politician, asking him why he had been allowed into a space barred to the public and the media. 

Kumar asks the the BJP leader why he was sitting in the nurse’s chair. “Are you a doctor?”

The reporter’s relentless questioning of the BJP worker’s presence prompts enough embarrassment for him to step out of the ICU and remove his shoes.

Online, people have hailed the journalist’s work.

This willingness to question the ineffectiveness of public services is typical of Kumar’s reporting.

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