Duty officer ''misbehaves'' with scribe during PHL

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Chandigarh, Dec 30 (UNI) A senior officer of the Chandigarh Sports Department allegedly misbehaved with a scribe during the ongoing Premier Hockey League (PHL) here.

A number of mediapersons were up in arms against Joint Director Sports J P S Sidhu for his alleged ''misbehaviour'' with a scribe on Friday night after local favourities Chandigarh Dynamos drubbed Sher-E -Jalandhar in a pulsating match.

As the scribe, of a premier agency, reached at the parking of the stadium after filing his match report, a security guard directed the reporter to leave the stadium premises within 15 minutes after the match was over.

The scribe told the matter to the concerned officer on phone who put the entire blame on the 'ESPN' and 'Leisure Sports Management' while maintaining that the two agencies have specifically asked the sports department here which had given the grounds to the organisers to be vacated by one and all by 2015 hours.

''Such a statement by the reponsible officer who is at the helm of affairs of the event was unwarranted as the matches end by 1945 hours or at times 2030 hours and it takes mediapersons at least some time to file match reports,'' the protesting journalists said.

When Sidhu was ghearoed by journalists at the entrance of the stadium he said that he had removed the gate keeper from the duty for his misbehaviour.

''I have shunted out the gate keeper from duty this morning for his misbehaviour,'' the officer told reporters apparently putting the entire blame on a smaller level official of the department.

While journalists sought a reply from the officer, Sidhu claimed that his orders are clear that after the match is over the rooms and other places in the stadium must be put under locks.

Meanwhile, representatives and senior office bearers of Chandigarh Sports Journalist Association, Chandigarh Punjab Union of Journalists and Electronic Media Association and Punjab and Chandigarh Journalist Association had strongly condemned the ''behaviour and attitude'' of the concerned officer and sought immediate action against him.

The Punjab and Chandigarh Union of Journalists has decided to conevene a meeting tomorrow morning and also announced to boycott all sports functions conducted by UT Sports Department till action is taken against the ''erring officer.'' Meanwhile, S S Das Gupta, Managing Director, Leisure Sports Management, regretted the incident and said ''We would also like to clarify that there was no written or verbal direction given to the ground authorities.'' Sidhu too has adviced the ground authorities to keep the facilities open till the entire media has left the ground.

UNI

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