Cops use dhoti-clad decoy to hoodwink journalists

Despite two daily press conferences,the media in its frenzy for exclusive footage have kept policemen on their toes.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Jodhpur | Published: September 4, 2013 2:29 am

Since the 72-year-old controversial preacher Asaram Bapu was flown to Jodhpur early Sunday morning after he was arrested in connection with the sexual assault case of a minor girl,the hands of Jodhpur police are full. Grappling with elusive evidence in the case and rioting followers of Asaram,police are opting new tricks to hoodwink a crowd of jostling mediapersons.

Despite two daily press conferences,the media in its frenzy for exclusive footage have kept policemen on their toes. On Monday,in a well-thought out plan,police took the help of a decoy to mislead videojournalists of electronic media,who have not been leaving no stone unturned to capture Asaram’s images.

While Asaram was being escorted from a local court to jail after he was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days,the decoy — a police van with a man clad in white dhoti,shawl and a towel covering his head — successfully distracted mediapersons,who tirelessly chased the vehicle through the 3-kilometre drive. This gave police a safe passage to escort Asaram to the jail in a police bus.

However at the jail’s gate,some photojournalists saw through the plan and scaled the bus to capture Asaram’s image through a netted window of the bus.

Jodhpur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph on Sunday complained to the media about the frenzy. Joseph said the mediapersons’s excitement to cover the news left some policemen injured when a police van overturned trying to save two motorcycle-borne journalists who came in their way during patrolling outside the RAC 1st Battalion,where Asaram was being interrogated on Sunday.

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