A photojournalist with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran was allegedly beaten up and held hostage by unknown persons near Hindon Bridge in Ghaziabad Wednesday afternoon. Police have registered an FIR under sections relating to wrongful confinement and attempt to murder, among others. Police arrested the supervisor of a construction site Friday in the case.
In his complaint to the police, photojournalist Abhinav Rajan Chaturvedi said he was on an assignment, clicking photos of an elevated road under construction near Hindon Bridge, when he was approached by a man who wanted to know who he was. “After I told him, he called someone. Soon after, about eight men approached me, took away my camera and mobile phone even though I told them I was a photojournalist and I was there for an assignment,” said Chaturvedi.
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He added, “They did not listen to me. Pointing a gun at me, they held me hostage and threatened to bury me alive near Hindon when I started protesting. They beat me up and held me hostage for two hours. When I asked them to let me go, they continued to beat me. I told them they had taken everything, my phone, memory cards, deleted photos… they threatened me and said I should not been seen in the area again. When I asked them who they were, they claimed to be from the electricity department.”
Police identified the man arrested in the case as Sandeep Kumar, a supervisor at the construction site. “He is a contractor. The work at the construction site has been outsourced to private companies and he is a site supervisor. Around five other workers under him seem to have been involved in the incident. We are investigating,” said a police official.
A photojournalist since 1997, Chaturvedi started his career with a daily in Gorakhpur. He joined the Ghaziabad office of Dainik Jagran about two years ago. “There are times when mediapersons are attacked in areas of conflict… This was not an area of conflict. I was not going to harm anyone,” said Chaturvedi.