PCI panel`s hearing into `police brutality` on scribes begins
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 07, 2010, 20:39
Hyderabad: An Assessment Committee constituted by the Press Council of India (PCI) on alleged police brutality against mediapersons in Osmania University here held its hearing Sunday.

The committee comprising K Sreenivas Reddy, S N Sinha and Kalyan Barooah heard several mediapersons and the leaders of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) on the alleged police atrocities on February 14.

Nagaraju, an alleged victim of police brutality, said he was beaten up badly even after identifying himself as a scribe. The violence perpetrated against the journalists appeared to be pre-planned and pre-meditated, he alleged.

K Amarnath, leader of APUWJ, said the police refused access to the media into the University and even cut the cable wires of news channels to prevent the coverage.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah, state ministers and top officials assured to do justice over the violence against mediapersons and ensuring the freedom of press but nothing seemed to have changed on the ground, he alleged.

Several other mediapersons also narrated how they faced the alleged police fury. The Assessment Committee would speak to police officials tomorrow on the matter.

About 22 persons, including five mediamen and 11 security personnel with an officer among them, were injured on February 14 when students agitating over creation of separate Telangana hurled stones at them on Osmania University campus prompting them to use force to quell the mob.


First Published: Sunday, March 07, 2010, 20:39

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