(EDS: corrects year in last para) Mangaluru, Jan 31 (PTI) Mahesh Vikram Hegde, the co-founder of website 'Postcard News', was allegedly heckled by Congress functionary and social activist Kavitha Reddy and two other women at Mangaluru International Airport on Friday asking him to sing 'Vande Mataram' to prove his patriotism.
The incident comes days after editor-in-chief and co-founder of Republic TV Arnab Goswami was heckled by comedian Kunal Kamra on a flight.
Hegde was spotted by Reddy at the airport where he was waiting to board a plane to Bengaluru.
In a video later posted on Twitter, which has gone viral, the three women of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act campaign is seen heckling Hegde.
The two other women have been identified as activists Najma Nazeer and Amulya Leona, police sources said.
They are seen coercing Hegde to sing 'Vande Mataram' and prove his patriotism.
One of the women is heard calling him a member of the 'nationalist gang.' Reddy is seen asking Hegde whether he knew the time when Nathuram Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi.
In another video being circulated, the women are heard telling the journalist that he is getting an opportunity to become a 'hero' from 'zero' if he sings 'Vande Mataram.' Hegde, however, maintains his composure.
Hegde was arrested in 2018 on the charge of posting 'fake news' aimed at creating communal conflict. PTI MVG BN BN BN BN