BANGALORE, India — It was a quiet Saturday morning in Bangalore, India, when the news came that the world’s oldest newspaper had been destroyed.
The Herald of India had been set ablaze at its offices in central Mumbai, the news that rattled the city for hours.
An Associated Press reporter, who was in the city at the time, said he was in a cafe when he heard the news, and rushed to the scene.
It took a while to clear the flames, but after about 30 minutes, the Herald was cleared.
“It was like someone had pulled out a hose and just left,” the AP reporter said.
As the fire burned down the Herald, the AP’s photographer, Anjali Shrestha, said she was surprised by how many newspapers had been burned.
She said the fire also destroyed an old newspaper, which was about 20 meters (yards) away from the Herald.
In a news conference late Saturday, the city’s police chief said a criminal investigation had been launched into the destruction of the Herald of Indian origin.
A senior police official said a tip-off about the Herald’s destruction came through an intermediary.
This was not a crime, the official said, and it was the responsibility of the local government.
Authorities had said earlier that they suspected that a fire had been started on Friday morning at the Herald offices.
There was no indication that anyone else had been involved in the blaze, but police were still investigating, the officials said.
“It is a big shock,” said a news website owner, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
Earlier, India’s Chief Minister of Police Satyendra Jain said the city was “shocked” and that the destruction was a “serious crime.”
The police official was unsure whether the Herald had been the target of the fire.
We are investigating, he said.
We have no idea what the culprit is.
The Herald had come to prominence in India in the 1920s as a newspaper that focused on the news and gossip.
It was a leading daily newspaper and was owned by the country’s largest newspaper publisher, the Times of India.
Its masthead featured the names of prominent writers, including Sunil Gulati, a Hindu nationalist and the father of the countrys first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
India’s Times of the Week newspaper was a major daily in the world, with more than 10 million copies and an estimated circulation of 200 million, according to the New York Times.
The newspaper, the first to feature an image of a tiger, was owned for decades by the Indian Government-owned Indian Post Corporation.
According to the Herald archive, the newspaper’s editor, R.S. Chandrasekhar, was a prominent figure in the Hindu nationalist movement, having founded the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a group that espouses Hindu nationalist views.
He died in 1962.