Journalists protest police ‘assault’ of woman reporter in Assam

Guwahati(PTI): Journalists on Saturday protested against the alleged ‘assault and attempt to murder and outraging modesty’ of a woman reporter of a Guwahati-based television news channel in Latasil Police station in Assam, where she had gone to collect news.

According to the FIR filed by the concerned woman journalist in the police station, she and the camera person for DY365 TV news channel had gone to the police station at about 12.15 pm to cover a story. With permission from a policeman at the gate they entered the police station compound and took “photographs of the dilapidated condition of the premises and quarter rented out by policemen to others”, the FIR stated.

“When we were about to leave the P S campus Sub Inspector Samsuddin Ahmed, and O/C of the concerned P S along with other policemen and tenants assaulted us and used criminal force against me intending to disrobe me”, she alleged in the FIR. “Thereafter they dragged me and my camera person inside the police station and have mercilessly beaten us and pointed official arms at us, thereby attempting to murder us and threaten us not to publish the story and have in the process broken our equipment and (we) sustained injuries,” she stated.

After the incident, journalists, particularly from the local TV news channels, demonstrated shouting slogan at the police station protesting against the alleged assault and demanding the arrest of the concerned policemen who allegedly resorted to attack.

DY365 Executive Editor Pranay Bordoloi told reporters at the police station that the management of the TV channel would take up the matter with the state government. Adding that the media is not attacked in a democracy. DCP-Crime Swapnanil Deka told reporters that the incident is being inquired and action would be taken against the culprits if found guilty.