Journalist Deepak Chaurasia Heckled; Files FIR Against Miscreants

On the evening of 24 January, News Nation editor Deepak Chaurasia was heckled by a mob at the protest site in Shaheen Bagh.

The veteran journalist posted a video on twitter that showed a man in a yellow jacket stopping Chaurasia from reporting, covering the camera and heckling the team. Deepak Chaurasia and his team were reporting on the anti-CAA protests that have been held at Shaheen Bagh for over a month now.

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According to News Nation, the two video journalists who were also present with Chaurasia were attacked by miscreants and their camera was destroyed.

Chaurasia lodged an FIR against the unknown miscreants on Friday, 24 January. According to News Nation, DCP South East Delhi Chinmay Biswal registered the complaint under the Section 394 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – which pertains to voluntarily causing hurt while committing robbery. The DCP also reportedly assured them that action will be taken against the perpetrators.

Journalists Condemn the Act of Violence Against Chaurasia

Several journalists took to Twitter to condemn the incident.

Nidhi Razdan, executive editor at NDTV, condemned the act and stated that the attack on the journalist is “unacceptable”.

Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai also condemned the manhandling of the journalist and, terming it “goondagiri” and said the culprits should be arrested.

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Although he said pushing and shoving was not the way to deal with this, Sreenivasan Jain noted that Chaurasia and reporters like him had become inciters of hate, which had to be fought through legitimate means.

NBF Releases Statement

Arnab Goswami, the President of the News Broadcasters Federation, condemned the attack on Deepak Chaurasia.

The NBF president in his statement on behalf of the Federation mentioned that the federation is extremely concerned about alleged repeated instances of the violent attacks on the journalists in the line of duty at Shaheen Bagh.

The NBF statement further mentions that the attack on the journalists reflects the growing hostility of some claiming to be protesters at Shaheen Bagh. The NBF has demanded immediate police action against those who have perpetrated the violence.

Hundreds of protesters led by women are demonstrating against the CAA passed by the Central government at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh since 15 December 2019.

While the protests have been calm, this incident has raised many questions.

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