Pune: A video has emerged that allegedly shows Assam police and CRPF personnel barging into the Guwahati office of Prag News, a private TV news channel, and beating up its staffers on the evening of Thursday, 12 December.
“It was completely unprovoked and we demand an unconditional apology from Assam Police,” said the managing editor, Pranay Bordoloi, to Scroll.
Around 6 pm, Assam police & CRPF personnel entered the Prag News campus in the Ulubari locality and beat up some staffers sitting outside the building, shown in the video. Then, entering the reception area of the building, police attacked other staffers, Bordoloi said.
About 45 minutes before the incident took place, the police had dispersed protestors in the locality, asking them to move inside, he said. But there was no reason for them to enter a media office, Bordoloi added.
“It is very sad that CRPF officials entered Prag News office premises and attacked one of our employees inside the campus during working hours. The officials even entered our reception area,” said the Prag News Instagram account along with the video, posted below:
The news comes after the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) issued a notice to news channels not to broadcast “anti-national attitudes” or anything that could “encourage or incite violence or anything against maintenance of law and order.”
The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) expressed “grave concern over the shutting down of internet in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura by the state governments following the protest over CAB”, and condemned the attack on journalists of Prag News channel in Guwahati by security forces.
An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Guwahati and the Indian Army and CRPF have been deployed in various regions of the North East to maintain peace since protests erupted across the North East over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Mobile and broadband internet have been suspended for 48 hours, with more restrictions expected. 3 people have reportedly been killed in clashes and police firings in Assam so far.
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