Special Correspondent

Shimoga: Journalists staged a rasta roko here on Tuesday to protest against the alleged manhandling of the ETV channel reporter Santosh Nadubetta by a traffic police constable when he was on his way to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s press meet at the helipad.

According to sources, Mr. Nadubetta was passing the Jail Circle on his two-wheeler when the traffic police constable stopped him and allegedly prevented him from proceeding towards the venue of the press meet. The constable allegedly used filthy language and manhandled Mr. Nadubetta when he tried to tell the constable that he was on his way to attend the press meet.

The situation took a serious turn when the fellow journalists gathered on the spot and decided to stage a protest demonstration against the manhandling of their colleague. They squatted on the road as a mark of their protest.

On hearing about the incident, Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa who he was participating in the inauguration of the Pratibha Karanji programme at the DVS premises rushed to the spot to pacify the journalists.

Journalists refused to withdraw their protest till suitable action was taken against the constable. The Superintendent of Police S. Murugan rushed to the spot and suspended the traffic police constable pending inquiry against him on the oral complaint from the protesting journalists. Later, the protest was withdrawn.

Mr. Eshwarappa told presspersons that he would hold a meeting with the concerned persons to avoid recurrence of such incidents.