Office-bearers of different organisations representing journalists flayed the high-handedness of police and specifically targeted Director-General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy for wreaking personal vengeance against S. Nagesh Kumar, Resident Editor, The Hindu .
After a meeting of leaders from the journalists’ community, a three-member committee was constituted to look into the incident in which eight uniformed policemen barged into the residence of Mr. Nagesh Kumar on Saturday morning, despite knowing that he was granted conditional bail by Justice Chandra Kumar of the A.P. High Court on Friday evening.
Editor of Visalandhra Telugu daily, K. Sreenivas Reddy said the committee comprising Press Council of India Member K. Amarnath, Indian Journalists Union (IJU) Executive Member A. Suresh and Associate Editor, Etemaad Urdu daily M.A. Majid to monitor the actions of police towards the Resident Editor. He said if police continued using intimidatory tactics, they would move the Court for appropriate remedy. At the meeting, Secretary-General, IJU, D. Amar, condemned the police action. The policemen created commotion in the house and questioned his aged mother and young daughter sending them in to panic.
Others present included D. Somasundar and Y. Narender Reddy, President and General Secretary respectively, AP Union of Working Journalists, Mr. Amarnath, K. Satyanarayana and A. Suresh, IJU Executive members.
They later met the N. Tirupathi Rao, Inspector and Station House Officer, Panjagutta police station Saturday evening and submitted a memorandum. They said the police action amounted to contempt of Court as it came after anticipatory bail was granted to Mr. Nagesh Kumar. “This is not acceptable to the journalist community and democratic society. We will not allow the police to bully us,” Mr. Sreenivas Reddy said. He demanded that the policemen be identified and action taken.
Three-member committee constituted to look into police actions