Raipur: Almost a week after a reporter was attacked by Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) supporters at a meeting in Chhattisgarh, journalists in Raipur on Wednesday turned up at another of the party’s event wearing helmets.
According to a news channel, the journalists wanted to send out a symbolic message by wearing helmets to the BJP- led central government while taking a prior precaution in case of another round of attack by the party supporters.
Last week, journalist Saman Pandey was attacked and thrashed by the BJP sympathisers while he was recording the party meeting. Pandey also received injuries on his head. Following the incident, four BJP functionaries were arrested.
“I was recording a video of the meeting on my mobile phone when suddenly BJP leaders started arguing among themselves over some issue. Rajeev Agarwal and another person, Utkarsh Trivedi, told me to delete the video of the scuffle, which I refused. They then started hitting me and forcefully deleted the video,” Pandey told PTI.
The journalist further said, “I was made to sit inside the meeting room for about 20 minutes. When I came out, I told other journalists about the incident.”
A protest by other journalists was staged at the BJP office while demanding the arrest of the accused.
Later, Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Sacchidanand Upasane said that the part had already rendered an apology to Pandey and added that journalists were asked to leave the room as it was a closed-door meeting. “Party leaders and workers were also asked to keep their mobile switched off,” the spokesperson asserted.