A journalist working for Times Now in Mumbai alleged that he was attacked by unknown people on Saturday night. Journalist Herman A Gomes took to Facebook to share his woes while also posting several photos of his bruised face.
He wrote, “Tonight while returning with my friend, I was attacked by an unknown group of people right outside my Bombay House.. It was clearly pre-planned. They were armed with a knuckle duster.
“I always mind my own business and do stories that I firmly Believe in. Last night was something different and they came out to KILL me. My eye is badly affected and so is my body. I don’t know which story affected people so much. I don’t know these people too.”
Gomes also wrote that he had received six stitches on his wound close to his eyes adding that the incident had left him and his family deeply traumatised. The Mumbai Police have registered a case and assigned an IPS rank officer to probe the matter. Gomes wrote that an FIR filed at the Gamdevi Police station was going to be filed shortly.
Times Now is a 24×7 English channel owned by Times of India group.
His friends and well-wishers have reacted with shock and horror on the incident. One of his friends wrote, “This is indeed ridiculous and cowardice act. No respect for anyone. Wish u speedy recovery. Take care.” Another wrote, “This is very bad..such attacks needs to be condemned..we are wit u dear Herman A Gomes.”
A statement by the Mumbai Pfress Club said, “Mumbai Press Club condemns a dastardly attack on Times Now reporter Herman Gomes, and demands action against the police officers who refused to file complaint initially. Gomes says the attack was clearly pre-planned as the attackers were armed with a knuckle duster. He suspects that the people who were not happy with his stories (against them) are behind the act of violence which gave him a serious injury.
“The attacks on journalists, physical and otherwise, are on the rise. Recently, a right-wing organisation posted photos of India Today journalists, branding them as terrorists, for doing a series of stories. These acts are illegal and need to be dealt with immediate effect and resolve. We demand the arrests of attackers of Gomes and a strict action in complaints by India Today journalists.”