A day after two woman photojournalists were assaulted by Delhi Police personnel when they were covering the JNU students’ protest, mediapersons on Saturday began an agitation outside the Delhi Police headquarters, condemning the attack and demanding action against the guilty cops.
In a symbolic protest, journalists placed their cameras on the ground near the police headquarters and refused to remove their equipment till punitive action was taken against the police personnel involved in the assault.
As per media reports, the Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma in a press conference has said that police had to use water cannons to stop the protesters in Sarojini Nagar who broke barricades while marching.
He said when the protesters were being sided, the officials on duty accidentally caught hold of photojournalist Anushree Fadnavis.
He said that the entire incident was a result of “misunderstanding”. Citing the incident as unfortunate, he said that Delhi Police’s vigilance branch would investigate the woman journalist’s complaint that she was molested.
On Friday, amidst unruly scenes during Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ protest in Delhi, a video of a Hindustan Times photojournalist being assaulted by women police personnel surfaced.
As per media reports, photojournalist Anushree Fadnavis was on duty when she was roughed-up by the police. Her camera was also confiscated by the police.
The video of the assault was uploaded by HT photo editor Ajay Agarwal on Twitter.
In another case, a journalist had alleged that she was “groped” by an Inspector of the Delhi Police and asked to vacate the place. She too has lodged a complaint with the police.
The Delhi Police took to Twitter to address the complaint and said that the vigilance branch will make an inquiry into the complaint.