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[VIDEO] Journalist brutally thrashed in MP; victim alleges minister's hand in the attack

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30th September, 2019 20:18 IST

Bhind: In a shocking incident, a local journalist was brutally thrashed by unidentified miscreants in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh in broad daylight. The whole attack on the scribe was caught on camera. One person has been arrested so far in the case.

The police have registered a case against unknown assailants. The journalist, who was thrashed, has been identified as Ripu Dhawan. The attack took place in Lahar Sabzi Mandi area on Sunday. 

In the video, the journalist could be seen lying on the ground as the attackers continue to beat him with sticks and kicking him. 

All the four attackers had their faces covered in what seemed to be a well-planned attack on the journalist.   

The journalist alleged that the attack was carried out at the behest of a minister in the Madhya Pradesh government. 

The attack on the journalists in the state has raised questions about the safety of scribes.


Journalist claims assault by cops in Noida, police denies

In a similar incident, a journalist alleged that he was assaulted by two policemen when he cautioned them to be careful while riding motorcycle on the wrong lane without helmets, with the Noida Police claiming that the scribe was "inebriated" and roughed up by some other "unidentified" men.

The incident took place around on Thursday (September 19) when Rahul Kadyan, a producer with a private TV news channel, was waiting along with his friend for their cab outside Sector 18 metro station. The scribe said he saw the policemen coming on a motorcycle but they were without a helmet and also riding in the wrong lane, which prompted his remark: "Be careful".


MP: Four BJP leaders arrested for assaulting journalist inside party office

In a similar incident in February this year,  four office-bearers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were arrested in Raipur for allegedly assaulting a journalist inside the party's’ office in the city. The arrests were made after a case was registered against BJP district president Rajeev Agarwal and local leaders Vijay Vyas, Utkarsh Trivedi and Deena Dongre. Journalists protested inside the party’s office demanding action those accused.

At the receiving end of the ordeal was the journalist Suman Pandey who had gone to BJP's Raipur office to cover a review meeting of the party's loss in Madhya Pradesh. Pandey said many BJP workers were present at the office where BJP was also present at the meeting. At the meeting, some of the BJP workers started manhandling another worker which Pandey began filming on his phone. 

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