Journalist fraternity condemn the attack on Caravan reporters; were manhandled by a mob
kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
Three journalists from Caravan magazine were allegedly manhandled by unidentified people in North East Delhi on Tuesday evening, while they were covering a story about communal tensions that broke out in the area on the night of August 5, following the foundation-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Carrvan magazine’s editor Hartosh Singh Bal said in a tweet “This is to confirm that 3 of our reporters on assignment, working on stories on the anti-muslim violence in northeast Delhi, were surrounded by a mob and manhandled. We’ll release an official statement shortly.”
Ismat Araa tweeted “Just in: Journalists @shahidtantray and @Prabhtalks were badly beaten up by hooligans in North East Delhi’s Shubhash Mohalla while covering a story about a mosque on which saffron flags had mysteriously appeared on the night of the Ayodhya Bhumi Pujan.”
It all started when three of the reporters of Caravan magzine were identified as Prabhjit Singh and Shahid Tantray and another female journalist, who wished to remain anonymous were reporting on Hindus celebrating the Ram temple event allegedly shouting anti slogans and placing saffron flags on the gates of Subhash Mohalla.
Shahid Tantray, who works as a photojournalist with the news magazine said “we had gone to the area to report on a story related to the Delhi riots. We were taking some photographs of the area when a saffron-clad man approached us and asked us to stop clicking photos and hand over the memory card.He kept forcing us but when we refused to hand over our cameras, he made some calls and soon a huge mob surrounded us and started accosting us. The mob even physically assaulted me and my colleague”added Tantray.
Journalist fraternity condemn the attack on Caravan reporters; were manhandled by a mob and ask the Delhi govt to take stern action against the culprits, for obstructing the journalists to perform their duty.