On 27th January, media persons & members of Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh (Pune Union of Working Journalists) Dnyaneshwar Choutmal & Nikhil Karandikar were jostled, pushed & heckled by Pune Police officials during news coverage of a protest in Gokhalenagar.
As per further information from the X handle of Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh “Journalists covering the protest of Maha Vikas Aghadi in Gokhalenagar were abused by the Pune police by seizing their cameras and mobile phones. The cameraperson was put in a van. This kind of suppressing the voice of the media is derogatory. The Pune Shramik Journalist Union is expressing their contempt over this.”
An editor of Marathi Daily Newspaper Samrat Phadnis has voiced his frustrations on X “The police misbehaved with a journalist who was covering the Congress agitation in Pune. The police have no right to push the journalist in such a manner and to seize the camera. I Strongly condemn this.”
Sukrut Mokashi, general secretary, Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh, shared that journalists Dyaneshwar Chautamal and Nikhil Karandikar, who went to cover the protest in Gokhalenagar, were beaten up by police officers and staff and their cameras and mobile phones were snatched away on Friday (26th January). The Pune Shramik Patrakar Sangh has strongly demanded that action should be taken against the responsible police officers and staff in this incident.
Mokashi further shares that a meeting will be held with Pune Police Commissioner Ritesh Kumar on 27 January at 10:30 am. For that, all the members are requested to come to Pune Police Commissioner’s Office at 10:30 am.