WB Polls Violence: Several Bengal Journalists Beaten Up

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Kolkata: Several journalists were assaulted or confined during Monday’s poll-related violence. No arrests had been made till the story is filling.

Although complaints were lodged in all cases, no arrests had been made till late on Monday night. Seven Anandabazar Patrika reporters and photojournalists were among those attacked.

Sebabrata Mukherjee, Photographers Gautam Pramanik, Safiullah Islam and Kaushik Saha were beaten up in Murshidabad, and Sabyasachi Islam in Rampurhat. Suchandra Dey, the daily’s correspondent in Katwa, was chased and attacked by alleged BJP supporters before policemen. Suchandra was covering a clash between two parties.

In Kolkata, two journalists—- Prajna Saha and Aryabhatta Khan—- were forcibly taken away from in front of the district magistrate”s office in Alipore where they had gone to cover the filing of nominations. They were physically and verbally abused by their abductors before their release.

On April 11, journalists held a silent protest in Kolkata demanding action against the assaults. Earlier one photojournalist was forcibly undressed, illegally confined and beaten while other journalists and photojournalists were attacked in Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal on April 9, 2018 while they were covering the filing of nomination papers for the polls to the local bodies (panchayats).

The IFJ said on the earlier issue: “The IFJ condemns the act of intimidation and violence against photojournalist Biplab Mondal, Manas Chattopadhyay and other journalists in Kolkata. Attacks on journalists, forcing them to delete photos and stripping of a journalist is an unacceptable crime and violates journalists’ rights. Journalists have a right to freely report on incidents of public importance and without being intimidated. The IFJ urges the Indian authorities to immediately arrest and punish the attackers.”

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