Journalists staged a dharna near Indira Park on Saturday protesting against the booking of a case against The Hindu Resident Editor S. Nagesh Kumar and barging into his house by a posse of policemen.

The demonstration which was organised under the aegis of AP Working Journalists Federation and Hyderabad Journalists Union demanded an inquiry into the sequence of events since the registration of the case by three independent Editors. It was resolved to organise a meeting to discuss the developments at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, president of the State-level federation B. Basavapunnaiah demanded the dismissal of Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy for adopting a vindictive stand against Mr. Nagesh Kumar. The sequence of events since the registration of case against the journalist reflected a conflict between journalism and ‘police raj’.

The federation general secretary G. Anjaneyulu said the police acted in an atrocious manner going to the house of Mr. Nagesh Kumar.

It reminded of the emergency days. The HUJ president P. Anandam said if the police could do it even to a person who secured bail, imagine the position of poor journalists who did not have the financial standing to get the bail.

He demanded unconditional withdrawal of case against Mr. Nagesh Kumar.