According to victim journalist, he was being subjected to this torture because of a negative story he did on the railway police force.
NEW DELHI — Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel led by SHO Rakesh Kumar thrashed a journalist on camera who was covering a train derailment near Dhimanpura in the early hours of Wednesday.
GRP personnel who were present on the spot, abused, kicked and beat up Amit Sharma of News 24. They snatched his camera, reports IANS.
The police personnel group was seen repeatedly slapping and thrashing the journalist while he tries to reason with them.
The journalist said that the cops refused to listen to him and continued to thrash him.
The journalist was reportedly dragged to the Government Railway Police (GRP) police station in Shamli and put behind the bars.
“I was locked up, stripped and they urinated upon right into my mouth,” Sharma said.
According to ANI, the journalist associated with the news channel, said, “They were in plain clothes. One hit my camera and it fell down. When I picked it up they hit and abused me. I was locked up, stripped and they urinated in my mouth.”
#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
Several scribes rushed to the police station on learning about the incident and put the video footage of cops beating up Amit Sharma on the social media. The journalists also contacted senior officials at the police headquarters.
The journalist told his colleagues who were protesting at the police station that he was being subjected to this torture because of a negative story he did on the railway police force.
SHO Rakesh Kumar and constable Sunil Kumar have been suspended and sent to the police lines for their actions.
Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar and GRP constable Sunil Kumar have been suspended and a probe has been ordered into the incident.
The journalist was later released.
Shamli’s Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey said that the senior officials had been apprised of the incident which was “unfortunate” and strict action would be taken against the accused.
(With inputs from IANS)