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Manhandled OST reporter files FIR against 4 SSB men

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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.

Chinmaya Dehury
Chinmaya Dehury

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.

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  1. A lot of thanks to the Editor Sri sampad Mahapatra, Executive Editor Sandeep Sahu & Chinmaya Dehury, the special correspondent of odishasuntimes.com for taking immediate action by registering complaint in Air Field Police Station.

    There is a possibility that the Security staffs of Naveen Niwas would be in a habit of taking bribe from the Party worker who wants to go inside the Naveen Niwas without delay or any obstruction and this habit would have made them arrogant. I am sure if the CCTV footage is seen then the truth will come out regarding bribe.

    I request OST to demand the CCTV footage of Naveen Niwas when Mr. Chinmaya dehuri was assaulted by the Security staffs and produce it as an evidence.

    JAYANTA KUMAR DAS (RTI ACTIVIST)

  2. Seems Naveen’s security men are as arrogant as Naveen this time. Both have lost decency at least towards media persons. Hats off to Chinmay and Odisha Sun Times for raising voice.

  3. NAVEEN PATNAIK AND HIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FAR ABOVE DEMOCRACY WITH A VERY FAINT OPPOSITION DURING THE RUNNING TENURE OF THIS GOVT. THEY WERE IN A HABIT TO IGNITE THE OPPOSITION TO MARCH OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY TO PASS SOME BILLS IN THEIR ABSENCE. SIMILARLY THEY TRIED TO ESCAPE OTHER JOURNALISTS TO AVOID A LOT OF QUESTIONS SINCE THEY HAVE THEIR PUBLICITY HOUSE LIKE OTV ETC.

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