Journalist attack: 24 hours on, Bhopal police still clueless

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 24, 2015 18:40 IST

Even 24 hours after senior journalist Manoj Verma was attacked, the Bhopal police remained clueless about the assailants on Monday.

Verma works with a regional Hindi daily in Bhopal. Both his hands were fractured in the attack, and he was operated upon on Monday.

Superintendent of police (SP), South, Anshuman Singh said police teams have fanned out in the state capital to identity and nab the assailants.

“Three police teams from MP Nagar and Ashoka Garden police stations have been formed and they are carrying out searches. The investigation is being led by city superintendent of police (CSP) Arvind Khare,” he said.

On Monday, the police acquired the CCTV footages installed at different places of the state capital and scanned the footages to establish the identity of the assailants who attacked the journalist near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Sunday night.

The senior journalist was returning home after work. Four bike-borne miscreants attacked him from behind.

The journalist sustained serious injuries on his head and also both hands got fractured. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital and his condition is stated to be stable.

Meanwhile, journalists of the state capital held a meeting and condemned the attack on Verma and demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident. Senior journalist Sunder Rajan presided over the meeting.

“This is most unfortunate. Journalists in the state are being attacked at regular intervals and whenever a delegation of journalists meet the home minister Babulal Gaur for action against the culprits, there comes a rude reply from him,” alleged the journalists.

The journalists have now decided to meet chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and bring to his notice the attack on journalists in the state and demand all possible measures to check recurrence of such incidents.

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