Mumbai: Leader of Opposition in
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Eknath Khadse has demanded from the state government early enactment of a law to protect journalists in the wake of increased attacks on them in the
"Since last 4-5 years attacks on journalists have
increased. Media houses are vandalised. But the government is
not taking any major step. The law to protect journalists
should be brought in at the earliest," Khadse told reporters
"The law for journalists should be similar on the
lines of the bill passed for doctors, wherein the culprit is sentenced to three years imprisonment and it is a non-bailable offence," he said.
On the murder of senior journalist J Dey, Khadse said,
"I held talks with Home Minister R R Patil and he told me
about the progress in the investigation. But since the inquiry
is in progress, information should not be leaked outside..it
may obstruct the probe."
Criticising the government for the deteriorating law
and order situation in the state, he said, "Crime related
incidents have increased. And police have failed to curb
criminal activities and pressure should be built up to
strengthen the police department."