Fouzia Musthaffa, a correspondent at Indiavision; Sibith, the TV channel cameraman; and Salam, their car driver, were allegedly attacked by a group of personnel of the Kerala Armed Police (KAP) near Uliyathadka here on Friday, inviting strong protest from the district unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ).
The incident occurred at Parakkatta around 4.15 p.m. when Ms. Musthaffa and her team were returning by car after filming news footage on the basis of reports of the policemen using their official vehicles for dropping their children in school.
A group of infuriated KAP personnel allegedly manhandled the reporter besides hurling “insulting” comments with a sexual overtone. Mr. Sibith and Mr. Salam are said to have been badly beaten up by the group of policemen. Ms. Musthaffa, who hails from Malappuram district, and the two others are being treated at the General Hospital here. Local MLA N.A. Nellikkunnu, who visited the hospital drew the attention of Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph, who also holds charge of the Public Relations Department. Mr. Joseph later spoke to Ms. Musthaffa and inquired about the incident and her health condition.
A group of journalists under the aegis of KUWJ district unit, led by president K. Vinod Chandran, secretary Mohammed Hashim, treasurer Unnikrishnan Pushpagiri, and senior journalist V.V. Prabhakaran, took out a march in the city at 5.30 p.m. seeking stern disciplinary action against the police officials responsible for the attack on the mediapersons.