Lucknow, June 15: In yet another shocking incident, a journalist has been assaulted in Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit district. Reportedly an attempt was made on the life of the TV journalist as his report on illegal land grabing cases were not auguring well to some section of people.
The journalist named as Haider khan, a resident of Sherpur Kalan was thrashed mercilessly by the miscreants. He was allegedly tied to a motorbike and dragged for 100 meters.
Narrating the incident, journalist said that he had received a call asking him to come to an appointed spot in order to obtain information on a story but, when he got there, was attacked by the accused. "Yesterday, I got a call regarding a robbery case. But when I reached the spot, Anand and some 3-4 others surrounded me and started beating me up. "They hit me with the butt of a revolver and also dragged me for 100m by a car," alleged Haider, who claimed he was left unconscious in the attack which took place in the Puranpur area .
He said a passerby later came to his aid and reached him to Paharpur police station. Pilibhit SP JK Shahi said that the journalist has been sent for a medical examination and, "as per the medical report, if there are any more sections of IPC applicable in this case, those will be added and prompt action will be taken to bring the accused to justice".
The horrific matter has come to fore, days after Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh was allegedly burnt alive in the State. Singh faced the fury allegedly for posting illegal mining activities and land grabbing against UP minister Ram Murti Verma on his Facebook account.
Later a case was registered against Minister and five others, including a police official, following protests by family members of Singh.
When his family on Tuesday refused to cremate the journalist till a case was registered against the minister and the issue was taken up on the social media, the officials lodged a case against Verma and five other people, including the accused police inspector. Singh's family demands action against UP minister.
The family has also called for an independent probe into the whole matter leading to the death of Jagendra Singh.