A senior journalist Sajeev Gopalan, who works for ‘Kalakaumudi’ newspaper was allegedly assaulted by cops on September 24 near Varkala in Kerala. The senior journalist, who received serious head injuries is now shifted to a government hospital and being treated.

According to reports, the journalist was brutally thrashed by the police officials as they were seeking revenge from him who was reportedly working on a story where two women were kidnapped and the police had submitted the report in the favour of the accused.

Reports also say that the journalist was manhandled, hit on his head which made him seriously injured. The incident took place around 10:30PM in front of his residence. Reportedly, victim’s daughter and wife were also present at the time of the assault.

Narrating the incident, the journalist said that cops took revenge because of a news against the police given by him. There were five constables including sub inspector behind the attack.

Following the incident, the opposition in the state has demanded the resignation of the police officers involved in the case. Also journalists association in Kerala will be conducting a protest march against the state police and it’s attitude towards the journalists.

It depends on the health condition of the journalist, if he recovers soon then will be transferred to a medical college.

A complaint has also been filed with the authorities, demanding action against the bullies, including the general of police.

The incident has come to light just days after another senior journalist KJ Singh and his 92-year-old mother Gurcharan Kaur were found murdered at their residence in Phase 3B2 of Mohali on Saturday.

According to police, the throats were slit and there were injury marks on the bodies of both mother and son.

Briefing the media on the Mohali incident, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh said that there was injury marks on their necks.

Condemning the incident, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said ,”Urge the authorities to nab the culprits immediately.”

First Published | 25 September 2017 4:17 PM
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