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Miscreants beat scribes in Jammu, 2 held

Acting on the complaint of journalists, police apprehended two local youth.
Jammu | Posted : Mar 14 2018 1:18AM | Updated: Mar 14 2018 1:09AM
Miscreants beat scribes in Jammu, 2 held
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A group of journalists and a RTI activist were attacked by some miscreants when they went to cover a story in Rohingya’s hamlet in Bathindi area of Jammu outskirts.

Acting on the complaint of journalists, police apprehended two local youth. 

Eyewitnesses said a group of television journalists went to Kerain talab area of Bathindi around 2.00 pm to cover a story reveled by a RTI activist Rohit Choudhary regarding illegal SIM cards of Rohingyas.

“While the journalists were doing their job, some miscreants hurled abuses on them and started beating them with iron rods and wooden sticks,” they said. 

They said the miscreants forcibly snatched their cameras and mike-ids. However, some clips of scuffle were recorded and went viral on social media.

Claiming that attack was murderous, TV journalist Tajinder Singh Sodhi, who had lodged a complaint with police said, “We were attacked by Rohingyas and their landlord but police is hushing up the matter”.

“We were performing our professional duty in Burma market near Kreni Talab when around 50-60 youth including women and some local landlords attacked us without any provocation,” Sodhi told Greater Kashmir.

“Police is trying to cover-up the matter and hiding their failures,” he accused.

Choudhary, who had filed RTI application seeking information on Rohingyas living in Jammu and Kashmir, said the attack was planned.

Meanwhile, police lodged an FIR 77/18 at police station Trikuta Nagar and arrested two local youth identified as Muhammad Ashraf and Sher Mohammad both resident of Kerain Talab. However, police rule out the involvement of Rohingyas in the attack.

“Two accused have been arrested and booked under relevant criminal sections,” said SSP Jammu, Vivek Gupta.

“In the initial stage of investigation they (journalist) have not been attacked by the Rohingyas, I should be very clear on it,” The SSP ruled out involvement of Rohingyas in the attack. “Preliminary investigation reveals that Rohingyas did not attack the journalists and I should be very clear on it, “ he made clear.

Replying another question, the SSP said, “Investigation is in progress and we will see whether there is any localized reason behind the scuffle, which turned ugly or there was a desire to attack media men, but it’s part of investigation”.