Odisha journalists have strongly condemned the incident and the state’s DGP has ordered an inquiry into this matter.
Bhubaneswar: In yet another shocking incident, a journalist from Odisha’s Balasore district was chained to his hospital bed allegedly by cops for publishing a piece of news regarding corruption in the Nilgiri Police Station area of the district.
Loknath Dalei, a reporter with a local media house in Balasore, was arrested for allegedly thrashing a cop. According to sources, Dalei was reportedly called by Nilagiri Police on Wednesday morning for allegedly abusing and assaulting a Home Guard. He was later hospitalised after being allegedly assaulted by cops at the police station
While undergoing treatment, his legs were attached with a handcuff and tied using an iron chain to the hospital bed. A photo of Dalei chained and lying on his hospital bed has gone viral on social media
On April 4, Home Guard Niranjan Rana had lodged a complaint at Nilagiri police station alleging that Dalei abused him in filthy language, beat him up and threatened with dire consequences when he was on duty. Dalei was called to the police station and then beaten up by the local cops.
He has alleged that his arrest is an act of revenge for doing a news report against the police. He has demanded action against IIC and the second officer of the Nilagiri police station. Senior journalists of Odisha have strongly condemned the police excess against the journalist and demanded strong action against the police personnel responsible for this.
Expressing deep concern over the incident, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said media is the fourth pillar of democracy. “In a democracy, one should respect differences in opinions. But putting a handcuff on a journalist like a professional criminal is not acceptable in a healthy society,” he said.