Kannur (Ker): Reporter of a Malayalam TV channel
was roughed up allegedly by CPI(M) sympathisers during an
`open air` election talk show here, police said on Tuesday.
"Asianet News" channel, whose regional bureau chief
Shajahan was manhandled, alleged that the attack was carried
out by a group led by CPI(M) MLA P Jayarajan, apparently irked
by some sensitive issues concering the party in the area was
raised during the show "Porkkalam" last night.
According to the channel, Jayarajan also rang up Shajahan
later and talked in an "intimidating tone", accusing him of
having received money from Congress for casting the CPI-M in a
What provoked the CPI(M) sympathisers was questions
regarding the recent disiplinary action against the party`s
district secretary P Sasi for alleged personal misconduct.
Sasi was removed from the key party post and Jayarajan was
given charge of the district secretary.
However, Jayarajan denied that he was involved in manhandling
the journalist. He said actually he had tried to save Shajahan
from the scene.
Jounralists in different parts of the state took out
processions condemning the incident holding that it amounted
to attack on freedom of the press.
The town police registered a case on a complaint lodged by