Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 15:
Chinmaya Dehury, the special correspondent of odishasuntimes.com who was manhandled by security personnel on duty at Naveen Nivas yesterday, filed an FIR in this regard at the Airfield police station here today.
In his FIR, Dehury has asked for action against the four security personnel belonging to the SSB who manhandled and abused him before shoving him out of the gates of Naveen Nivas when he had gone there to cover the announcement of the second list of BJD candidates by party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday.
He was accompanied by Editor of odishasuntimes.com Sampad Mahapatra and Executive Editor Sandeep Sahu.
Meanwhile, condemnations of police high-handedness by media persons have been pouring in since yesterday evening when news of Dehury’s manhandling became public.
“I know Chinmay personally. He is an absolutely nice chap. Perhaps, the security guards wanted rudeness from a reporter which Chinu can’t exhibit. These people are trained to use slangs/force. When they get that, they remain silent. So now, training syllabi of the journalists should be to use slangs, raw force when countered,” said an angry Satyajit Mishra, senior reporter with OTV.
A senior scribe pointed out, “At a time when Naveen Nivas has virtually been converted into the headquarters of the ruling party, it is the BJD and not the Commissionerate Police which should ensure journalists are treated in a dignified manner and not pushed about by the cops who care two hoots about the media.”
“The least that the party and the chief minister should do is look for a proper place to make formal announcements where these uncouth cops don’t decide the entry of journalists,” he said.