After the arrest of journalist Prashant Kanojia last week for sharing a video on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, another shocking incident has been reported from the state as police not only arrested journalist Amit Sharma but also kicked, slapped and abused him.
This time the cops thrashed the journalist so badly that he had to plead them but to no avail. In a video that is doing rounds on social media, a group of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel in Western UP can be seen beating a journalist mercilessly.
Amit said a group of Railway Police personnel hindered him from covering the derailment of a train in Shamli district which was followed the cops jailing him and urinating on him.
He said the cops were in plain clothes who not only hit his camera but stripped him. If this wasn’t it, they urinated in his mouth, claimed the journalist.
The police personnel also allegedly snatched his camera and phone while he was shooting from the spot of derailment. Other local journalists at the spot rushed to the police and reported the incident. They also put the video footage showing the GRP personnel beating up Amit on social media. Reportedly, the journalists also contacted senior officials at the police headquarters to report the incident.
In another video, the journalist was seen in a lock-up. After his release, he tried explaining the police about what happened to him and his colleagues. He claimed to have done a story on the GRP personnel some 15 days back which was recorded on his phone. The cops, Amit said defaced his phone as well to destroy that footage.
Meanwhile, the UP Police which also oversees GRP took note of the incident and suspended the railway police Station House Officer (SHO) and a constable.
UP Police tweeted that DGP OP Singh has ordered for immediate suspension of SHO GRP Shamli Rakesh Kumar and Constable Sanjay Pawar.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the immediate release of journalist Prashant Kannojia who was arrested for posting a video on Adityanath.