The Hush Post| 11:59 pm | two-minute-read
A journalist was allegedly beaten up on Saturday by BJP activists while he was recording a meeting of the party’s district-level meeting in Raipur, police said. The incident took place in Raipur, Chattisgarh.
A journalist Suman Pandey, who sustained injuries to his head was thrashed. A case was lodged against four persons, including BJP Raipur district president Rajeev Agrawal.
He identified the other three accused as local BJP office-bearers Vijay Vyas, Utkarsh Trivedi and Deena Dongre. However, no arrests have been made so far.
Pandey’s complaint alleged that he was thrashed when he was covering the BJP meeting Saturday afternoon at its Ekatma Parisar office in Raipur. He said that leaders there were involved in a scuffle among themselves when the incident took place.
“I was recording a video of the meeting on my mobile phone when suddenly BJP leaders started manhandling each other over some issue. Meanwhile, BJP Raipur district president Rajeev Agarwal and another person, Utkarsh Trivedi, asked me to delete the video of the scuffle, which I refused. They then started hitting me and forcibly deleted the video,” Pandey said.
“I was made to sit inside the meeting room for about 20 minutes. When I came out, I informed other journalists about the incident,” he added.
Later, several other journalists reached the BJP office, alerted police and protested there demanding the arrest of those involved in assaulting the journalist.
State BJP spokesperson Sacchidanand Upasane, who was also present in the meeting, said his partymen had apologised to Pandey.
“The closed door district level meeting was held to review the defeat in the recent Assembly election. Media persons were asked to leave the meeting room after taking initial footage. Party leaders and workers were also asked to keep their mobile switched off,” he said.
“On finding a man recording the video of meeting, he was told to stop it and asked to delete the footage. After he introduced himself as a journalist, party leaders said he should delete the video,” Mr Upasane said.