Four railway policemen booked for thrashing journalist in UP

Four railway policemen, including a station house officer, were booked for allegedly beating up a journalist in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, an official said Thursday.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel thrashed a journalist who was covering a train derailment near Dhimanpura in Shamli in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday morning. The video went viral on social media and it shows that in Uttar Pradesh Journalists are being targeted by Yogi Adityanath.

“They were in plain clothes. One hit my camera&it fell down. When I picked it up they hit&abused me. I was locked up, stripped and they urinated upon right into my mouth,” Sharma said.

Subsequently, the scribe was detained by the railway policemen. Police registered a case against the four personnel, including Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar, on Wednesday under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to causing hurt, insult, robbery and wrongful confinement, GRP Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand Dubey said.

Of the four GRP officers, Kumar and Constable Sanjay Pawar were suspended on Wednesday. A case has been registered under the IPC sections 323 (causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimidation), 364 (abduction), 392 (punishment for robbery) and 342 (wrongful confinement), according to police.

“They forced me to take my clothes off and urinated on me,” the scribe said.

Several scribes rushed to the police station on learning about the incident and put the video footage of cops beating up Amit Sharma on the social media. The journalists also contacted senior officials at the police headquarters.

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