Five journalists were arrested in West Midnapore district’s Jhargram on Sunday following an alleged brawl with some locals, said to be Trinamool Congress supporters. police said. They were later released on bail.
Police claimed the condition of one of the injured in the brawl that took place on May 20 – the day after the declaration of the state assembly poll results – was serious and he was admitted to a hospital in Odisha with a femur bone fracture.
After some locals made provocative comments about some news channels playing partisan roles in the recent assembly elections, the journalists protested.
While police claimed that the arguments led to a brawl in which one of the locals was seriously injured, the journalists claimed the allegations were "false".
The locals, allegedly Trinamool activists, later lodged a complaint against five journalists of leading news channels. However, police could not ascertain the political affiliation of the locals who confronted the journalists.
On Sunday, the five journalists were rounded up and presented in a local court which granted them bail.