Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 14:
In yet another incident of police high-handedness in Naveen Patnaik’s Odisha, Odisha Sun Times (OST) reporter Chinmaya Dehury was manhandled by security personnel at Naveen Niwas here on Friday when he had gone there to cover the announcement of a fresh list of candidates for the coming elections by Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik.
Dehury was heckled, manhandled, misbehaved with and prevented from entering the premises by the overzealous security personnel at Naveen Niwas -ignorant that these are attributes of a television journalist – asked him to show his camera and boom (mike). Repeated pleadings by Dehury that he was from the web media and did not have these attributes fell on deaf ears.
The OST reporter showed him his visiting card in an effort to prove his journalistic credentials, but the security personnel would have none of it. They physically pushed him out of the gates.
At a time when hundreds of people, who are neither party leaders of BJD nor staff of the Odisha government, can be seen roaming inside the Naveen Niwas, the high handedness by the security personnel has come in for severe criticism from the journalistic fraternity.
“If the security personnel are so concerned about the security of the Chief Minister, how come hundreds of people are allowed inside the security cordoned house?” asked a senior journalist.