Journalists here on Thursday protested against the arrest of a reporter of the Mid-Day tabloid here and met State Home Minister R.R. Patil demanding withdrawal of the case against him and suspension of two officers who allegedly threatened the scribe.

Tarakant Dwivedi alias Akela was booked for criminal trespass under the Official Secrets Act on May 17, 11 months after he wrote a story about sophisticated weapons being stored in a room with a leaking roof at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here.

He is presently in police custody. The journalists went on a march from the Mumbai Press Club to Mantralaya and demanded that the case against him be withdrawn.