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Delhi Police is ‘sorry’ after yet another lathicharge on journalists

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Delhi Police is ‘sorry’ after yet another lathicharge on journalists

Delhi Police isn’t known for their impressive track record in upholding human rights and freedom of the press.

Allegations of journalists being assaulted and groped by police personnel have once again hit the force. This time, the victims were covering a protest by JNU students.

The department has now issued their “deepest apologies” and ensured an investigation in the matter.

On Friday evening, over 1,000 JNU students and professors marched to demand academic freedom, action against a professor accused of sexual harassment, and others.

Police stopped them near the Safdarjung flyover. Then they fired water cannons and unleashed lathicharge.

Several students alleged they were assaulted. Photos of injured protestors made the rounds on social media.

Journalists covering the march got trapped in the melee.

A female journalist alleged that Delhi Cantonment SHO Vidyadhar Singh approached her, “pressed my right breast and pushed me back.”

When she confronted officers at the spot, they said it might have been intentional, but Singh accused her of lying.

An HT photographer’s camera was allegedly seized by personnel. A Firstpost journalist was thrashed and later seen with his left arm in a sling.

There were similar allegations from protesters. MA student Sudhanya Pal was arrested after she tried to save another student, whom women constables were allegedly trying to strip.

Professor Pradeep Shinde was attacked from behind when he was talking to a police officer.

MPhil scholar Shreyasi Biswas said she and the JNU students’ union president were assaulted while they were trying to calm other students.

Yesterday, journalists protested in front of the Delhi Police headquarters, setting down their cameras on the ground and demanding action against the accused personnel.

PRO Madhur Verma claimed cops had mistook the journalists as protesters, but mediapersons said they didn’t stop the assault “despite repeated pleased (and) even after furnishing their identity cards.”

Later, Verma tendered “deepest apologies to the media.”

 

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