Delhi Police personnel suspended for mishandling journalist's camera

Mar 26, 2018, 00:35
Delhi Police personnel suspended for mishandling journalist's camera

The news agency however, did not mention the journalist's name. A female photographer was also manhandled by policewoman during the protest. Protesting students had blocked the highway, breached police barricades, and refused to attend classes until action is taken against Johri.

They were, however, stopped near Sanjay Jheel area in south Delhi by the police, who also resorted to baton-charge and used water cannons to disperse the students participating in the march.

The media associations alleged that two women journalists were roughed up on Friday by police personnel. Many photo-journalists kept their cameras on the ground as a mark of protest. The "Padyatra" began from the campus and was reportedly being escorted by a contingent from Delhi Police.

Meanwhile, several journalists from various organisations gathered outside the office of Delhi Police Commissioner in the afternoon to protest against the incident.

Delhi Police spokesman Madhur Verma issued a statement, saying "Yesterday's incident was a very unfortunate one".

On the same day, National Commission for Women (NCW) ordered a probe after the media outcry and brutality videos of Delhi police gone viral on the internet.

Later, Verma tendered "deepest apologies to the media".

Two female journalists filed two separate complaints against Delhi Police personnel, one for molestation and one for physical assault during a JNU march from the university to Parliament organised by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union and JNU Teachers' Association. Our intention wasn't to obstruct the media from doing its job.

The withdrawal of the executive council decision on constitution of a committee to take action against individual teachers is also a demand, JNUTA president Sonajharia Minz said.

The JNU teachers are protesting against the removal of several department heads and a coordinator for not complying with the university's new attendance rules, and a number of them are on a hunger strike.