Scribes claim Hazare's support to agitation

Mumbai: The Patrakar Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti, a committee formed to protest attacks on journalists, on Friday claimed social activist Anna Hazare has supported its agitation on May 1 to demand a law to make attacks against them a non-bailable and cognisable offence.

"Hazare has extended his support to our agitation to be held at Karad," convener of the Samiti, SM Deshmukh said.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan hails from Karad, located in western Maharashtra's Satara district.

In February, journalists in Maharashtra had staged demonstrations demanding immediate enactment of the law against attacks on mediapersons.

"The state government has been assuring us since 2005 that it will bring a legislation on the issue but has not taken any concrete step," Deshmukh said.

Journalists, while doing their duty in collecting news, are increasingly facing violent attacks by those representing powerful vested interests, local goons and underworld dons, he said.