Itanagar: Lok Sabha member from Arunachal
West constituency, Takam Sanjoy Monday said he was aggrieved by
reports in a section of the media linking him with the assault on two women journalists earlier this month.
In a faxed statement from New Delhi, Sanjoy said he
was named as the assaulter of the two women journalists in
some media reports, while he was in New Delhi when the
incident took place.
"In presence of the Chief Minister (Dorjee Khandu) in
New Delhi, I had urged the SP Capital over telephone to arrest
the culprit whatever be his position," said the Congress MP.
Journalists Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen were allegedly
assaulted by Hina Tada, Sanjoy`s personal security officer
(PSO), on December 12 when they were collecting news about an
accident. Some media reports had said Sanjoy himself was the
Though assigned as his PSO, Tada, an India Reserve
Battalion staff, had never attended duty whenever he was in
his home state, Sanjoy said in the statement.
"There have been many forces working to defame me but
I have never committed any crime nor was ever linked with any
law-breakers throughout my student and political career," he
The assault sparked agitation by journalists in the
They had taken to the street on December 16, blacked
out portion of newspapers for three days and gone for a
pen-down strike for three days from December 19. The strike
was lifted after Tada surrendered before the police securing
an anticipatory bail.