Delhi Police apologises for manhandling woman photo journalist

JNU students raise slogans over the issue of compulsory attendance at a protest in New Delhi on Friday

JNU students raise slogans over the issue of compulsory attendance at a protest in New Delhi on Friday

Journalists on Saturday gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters to protest against the guilty police personnel and demand strict action against them.

Taking a stern action, Delhi police on Sunday suspended one woman constable and male head constable for mishandling a photo journalist's camera during crowd control in a protest of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on March.

The police said strong cognizance has been taken of the incident and an inquiry has been ordered.

Terming the incident "very unfortunate", Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said, "Our deepest apologies to the media". Some police personnel were alleged to have even targeted reporters and photographers covering the protest march.

The JNU protest march was organised to demand the suspension of professor Atul Johri, accused of sexual harassment by multiple students.

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This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. To further investigate the matter, NCW had also sent a team to meet police officials in relation to the manhandling with the female photojournalist.

Fadnavis said her camera was taken away.

Allegations of journalists being assaulted and groped by police personnel have once again hit the force. Protesters kept their cameras on ground as mark of protest. Journalists in the line of duty have occasionally been roughed up by the police in the past also. Our deepest apologies to the media. One of the journalists, according to the reports, was intimidated and threatened by women police officers, the other was molested by Station House Officer Vidyadhar Singh. Our intention was not to obstruct the media from doing its job. JNU students and teachers were also protesting the removal of some department heads for not complying with the varsity's new attendance rules.

Several students and media persons suffered injuries as the police initially used water cannons to stop their movement followed by a lathi charge.