The Uttar Pradesh Police have promised strict action against guilty cops who were accused of stripping a journalist and urinating in his mouth in the state’s Shamli district on Tuesday night. This was after a journalist working for News 24 news channel alleged that he was beaten, stripped naked and urinated in his mouth by Government Railway Police personnel as he arrived with his team to cover the derailment of a train near Dhimanpura station.
Journalist Amit Sharma of News 24 TV channel was quoted as saying, “I was locked up, stripped and they urinated right into my mouth.”
Reacting to the development, Shamli’s Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey termed the incident ‘unfortunate’ and promised strict action against the guilty officials. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Police have already ordered the suspension of the local SHO and a constable. A tweet by the state police said, “We have come across a video where a journalist has been beaten up & put up in a lock up. DGP UP OP Singh has ordered for immediate suspension of SHO GRP Shamli Rakesh Kumar & Const. Sanjay Pawar. Strict punishment shall be accorded to policemen misbehaving with citizens.”
We have come across a video where a journalist has been beaten up & put up in a lock up. DGP UP OP Singh has ordered for immediate suspension of SHO GRP Shamli Rakesh Kumar & Const. Sanjay Pawar.
Strict punishment shall be accorded to policemen misbehaving with citizens.
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) June 12, 2019
In the video shared by news agency ANI, the journalist could be seen being thrashed mercilessly by people in civil clothes, believed to be local GRP and police officials.
#WATCH Shamli: GRP personnel thrash a journalist who was covering the goods train derailment near Dhimanpura tonight. He says, “They were in plain clothes. One hit my camera&it fell down. When I picked it up they hit&abused me. I was locked up, stripped&they urinated in my mouth” pic.twitter.com/nS4hiyFF1G
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 11, 2019
Manak Gupta of News 24 shared a video of his colleague being locked up at the police station.
शामली के GRP इंस्पेक्टर राकेश कुमार और सिपाही सस्पेंड किए गए. रिपोर्टर को बाइज़्ज़त छोड़ने का आदेशpic.twitter.com/nvCVSwxwyJ
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) June 12, 2019