Palghar Police arrest two journalists; people outraged

The police alleged that both the journalists misbehaved with them and tried to discharge them from their duty

Palghar Police arrest two journalists; people outraged

Palghar Police on Sunday charged two journalists – Ram Parmar and Hussain Khan – with a criminal case under section 353 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) alleging misbehaviour with the police.

Both the journalists were covering a story regarding the Waghoba Khind firing incident in which the police arrested a person after their encounter with a gang of dacoits. The journalists went to Palghar Police Station to inquire about the same. 

Police alleged that both the journalists interfered in their work and caught Police Inspector Sayyed by his shirt’s collar, trying to discharge him from his duty.

However, according to sources, Ram Parmar was arrested from his residence at 5:00 in the morning. Moreover, the police are refusing to provide CCTV footage from the police station where the incident of alleged misbehaviour must have been recorded.

Rubbishing the arrest, Senior Journalist Abhay Mokashi has asked for an impartial probe in this matter.

I know Ram Parmar as a journalist for nearly two decades. I know him as an upright and dedicated journalist. I have no doubt that the case against him is fabricated and meant to stop him from completing his duties as a journalist. I condemn the police action and call upon the Home Department to carry out an impartial probe of the case, so that the truth comes out. A senior journalist should be part of the probe and the guilty should be punished,” Senior Journalist Abhay Mokashi asserted.

Opposition leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil has also written a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis requesting him to take action against District Superintendent of Police (DSP) Manjunath Singh for not acting against his juniors.

According to sources, the Palghar police allegedly intimidated and assaulted both the journalists and filed a false criminal case against them. Also, the magistrate denied them bail yesterday.

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