CHATTISGARH: After BJP supporters in Raipur allegedly attacked reporter Suman Pandey, Raipur journalists on Wednesday resorted to wearing helmets for their security during their interaction with BJP leaders.
The journalists said that they wanted to convey a message to the BJP government and also ensure they’ve taken the required precautions in case they’re attacked by the BJP supporters again.
On Saturday, Pandey received head injuries while he was recording the footage of BJP’s district-level leaders meeting in Raipur, where BJP supporters jumped on him and thrashed him. However, after Pandey filed a complaint, four BJP members including Raipur chief Rajeev Agarwal, were arrested.
“I was recording a video of the meeting on my mobile phone when suddenly BJP leaders started arguing among themselves over some issue. Rajeev Agarwal and another person, Utkarsh Trivedi, told me to delete the video of the scuffle, which I refused. They then started hitting me and forcefully deleted the video,” said Pandey as per news agency PTI.
BJP spokesperson of Chhattisgarh Sacchidanand Upasane, who was present at the time of the incident during the meeting, said the party has apologised to Pandey. He further said that it was a closed-door meeting, which was held to discuss the defeat in recent assembly elections so the journalists were asked to leave the meeting room after recording footage prior to the discussion. He said, “BJP leaders and workers were also asked to keep their mobile phones switched off.”