Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday condemned the Chandigarh Police and Delhi Police for assaulting journalists in two different incidents held in Chandigarh and Delhi, respectively.
In a statement, General Secretary Saurabh Duggal cited two incidents. In the first incident, a Chandigarh-based electronic media journalist Om Ray was allegedly assaulted by two Chandigarh Police personnel, constables in Mauli Jagran on Wednesday evening. Om Ray tried to intervene when the two police personnel were manhandling a two wheeler on a pretext of wrong driving and when he (Om Ray) started recording the incident, the police personnel tried to snatch his mobile phone and despite disclosing his media identity they assaulted him. Om Ray works with Navtej TV.
The Chandigarh Press Club condemned the action of the police officials concerned and has already taken up the matter with the higher authorities in the Chandigarh police and is also giving a representation to the UT Administrator VPS Badnore, and demanding for a probe in the matter. The release cited a second incident in which a Caravan Magazine journalist Ahan Penkar, was allegedly assaulted by a Delhi police ACP and then detained (at Model Town station) while covering a story in North Delhi on Friday. Penkar was working on a story on the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old Dalit girl in the area. Despite disclosing his media identity, the Delhi police officer assaulted him and his phone recordings of interviews and photos related to the assignment were also deleted.
“The Chandigarh Press Club condemned the action of the Delhi Police official and forwarding a representation regarding the said issue to Delhi Chief Minister office and Union Home ministry for the action,” the statement said.