Another U.P. journalist attacked

Published - June 16, 2015 02:09 am IST - Meerut:

Days after a Shahjahanpur-based social media journalist was set on fire for writing against a Minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, a brutal attack on a TV journalist has come to light from Pilibhit district.

Haidar Khan, who was reporting on cases of land grabbing by a local criminal Arvind Prakash, was attacked by him on the night of June 13.

An FIR has been registered against Prakash and his associates under various sections of IPC. Prakash’s associates, Sudhir and Pyare Lal, have been arrested.

Khan, a stringer for a local TV news channel and a resident of Sherpur Kalam, told the media that on June 13 he received a phone call about an important story in a nearby village but when he reached the spot he was attacked by Prakash and his two friends.

“I was attacked by Prakash and his two friends who tied me to a motorcycle and dragged me,” Mr. Haidar Khan told the media.

“I fell unconscious and after that I was dumped on the road from where people took me to the local police station from where I was taken to the government hospital in Pilibhit,” said the injured TV reporter.

“I had highlighted in one of my reports that Prakash was trying to pressure his father to transfer six acres of agricultural land which belongs to his brother who is blind. He had thrashed his father in order to force him to transfer the land to him, which I had reported,” Mr. Khan claimed.

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