Stripped, thrashed, urinated upon: UP journalist faces police wrath for doing his job

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Stripped, thrashed, urinated upon: UP journalist faces police wrath for doing his job

A journalist in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli was thrashed by a group of GRP personnel on Tuesday night when he went to cover a train derailment. The journalist has alleged that the officers even urinated in his mouth.

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.

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.