Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday ordered a high-level probe into the alleged assault and molestation of a woman reporter of a local news channel at a police station, even as journalists intensified their protests demanding suspension and arrest of two police officials said to be involved in the case.
The TV journalist and her cameraperson, working with DY365 news channel, were allegedly assaulted by two police officers — an Inspector and a Sub-Inspector — at Latasil police station, near the Gauhati High Court, on Saturday when they reached there to investigate reports that a police quarter was being rented out to a private person.
Police Monday detained around 30 journalists, including DY365’s managing editor Pranay Bordoloi, when they were protesting outside the secretariat. They were released later that afternoon.
“We definitely welcome the inquiry announced by the Chief Minister. But, we will continue to press for the suspension and arrest of the two police officers,” Bordoloi said.
The FIR lodged by the journalist specifically named Latasil officer in-charge Chidananda Bora and S-I Samsuddin Ahmed for the assault.
While Guwahati Police Commissioner Jyotirmoy Chakravarty Saturday had removed the two officers from duty and announced an inquiry by an ACP, Chief Minister Gogoi Monday ordered another probe into the incident. A press release from the CM’s office said Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Bora would investigate the matter and submit his report within a month.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has also mounted pressure on the Congress government. Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said:“If a woman journalist is assaulted and allegedly molested by the police, then what happens to other women?”
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