Stripped, thrashed, urinated upon: UP journalist faces police wrath for doing his job
A journalist in western Uttar Pradesh's Shamli was beaten up on camera by a group of GRP personnel led by SHO Rakesh Kumar. The group was seen repeatedly slapping and thrashing the journalist while he tries to reason with them.
Later, the journalist alleged that he was subjected to torture. According to ANI, the journalist associated with a news channel, said, "They were in plain clothes. One hit my camera and it fell down. When I picked it up they hit and abused me. I was locked up, stripped and they urinated in my mouth."
The journalist was allegedly thrashed when he was covering a train derailment in Dhimanpura on Tuesday night.
#WATCH Shamli: GRP personnel thrash a journalist who was covering the goods train derailment near Dhimanpura tonight. He says, "They were in plain clothes. One hit my camera&it fell down. When I picked it up they hit&abused me. I was locked up, stripped&they urinated in my mouth" pic.twitter.com/nS4hiyFF1GANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 11, 2019
The News 24 journalist, locked up in the GRP station, can be heard narrating the ordeal. He dubbed the attack as a retaliation for a negative story. Accused inspector/SHO Rakesh Kumar sat on chair and kept confronting other journalists protesting against the incident. pic.twitter.com/dVSPrGKog7Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) June 11, 2019
The journalist was reportedly dragged to the Government Railway Police (GRP) police station in Shamli and put behind the bars. He remained detained for the night while an order has been issued to release him on Wednesday morning.
In more videos being circulated on Twitter, the journalist can be seen narrating his ordeal from behind the bars while Station House Officer (SHO) Rakesh Kumar sits on a chair outside and rejects all his charges.
The journalist told his colleagues who were protesting at the police station that he was being subjected to this torture because of a negative story he did on the railway police force.
SHO Rakesh Kumar and constable Sunil Kumar have been suspended and sent to the police lines for their actions.
This comes a day after the Supreme Court rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for arresting journalist Prashant Kanojia for posting tweets on CM Yogi Adityanath.
The court ordered an immediate release of Kanojia on Tuesday after he was put behind the bars for over 3 days.