Bengaluru, Apr 20: Cinema plays a strong influence on society. May be proving this right, for many to pick this incident as a dark example, an Inspector from Bengaluru city utters a filmy dialogue before unleashing dastardly brutal act targeting a TV scribe.
"I am too a rowdy, if I remove my uniform." There follows coordinated beating allegedly headed by Inspector of Hulimavu police station, Vijaykumar against a TV journalist Sharan Gurikar. This bizarre episode was unfolded while Gurikar performing reporting duty for a Kannada News Channel. He was out to report protests of women garment workers against Employment Provident Fund Withdrawal Policy.
Crying women were running helter-skelter when Gurikar reached protesting site located near Christ College, Hosur Road. "The moment I reached my office at around 10 am, I was instructed to cover the protest. Following this I reached the spot to report the incident," Gurikar began to lament his agonised story to OneIndia.
Seeing the logo of the channel clipped to the microphone, the women with woe started to cry more and approached towards Gurikar. "To put out the demands of the protesters I held the microphone near a few agitating women. As they kick started to give the byte, I received a harsh and strong beating from behind. I was thrown into tizzy," crime reporter Gurikar narrated.
He further said, Hulimavu Inspector Vijaykumar, PSI Chandrappa allegedly led the beating act and were backed by 3 crime Police Constables (PC). "I was raged and flabbergasted simultaneously. My camera man was taken away by PCs and they derailed the camera," Sharan informed.
After little time of police drama on street targeting an innocent scribe, they took Gurikar to a near by building. Inspector Vijaykumar allegedly hurled abuses. "Before beating me again at the building space, Vijaykumar said that he is rowdy if he removes his uniform," Kumar reveals dark side of a responsible cop.
In the building Gurikar was thrashed by Vijaykumar, Chandrappa and other 5 constables. The cops hit out at entire journalism establishment saying "to milk benefits you (journalists) will do anything. We have lost our peace because of you people."
Hapless Gurikar asks now is it crime to report the incident? But the larger point evolving from the incident is how safe are the scribes.