The Congress on Tuesday condemned the police attack on journalists during standoff at Satlok Ashram of self-styled godman Rampal in Hisar in on Tuesday.
It has demanded an apology from chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. "The attack on the journalists is unacceptable and unfortunate. Reporters and cameramen have been beaten up brutally and injured in mindless cane charge.
It is clear that the Haryana government does not wish to be put under the media scrutiny in its handling of the Hisar ashram crisis," said All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and communication department chief Ajay Maken.
He said the chief minister needed to explanation how and why an action of such brutality had been sanctioned. "This high-handedness and brutal attitude of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in dealing with the media is only indicative of the threats that our democracy faces," Maken added.
Condemning the attack, he said the Congress stook in solidarity with the media. Many people, including security personnel, were injured in the clash when the police stormed Rampal's ashram on Tuesday in Barwala. The media crews bore the brunt of the police attack, while the cameras of many private electronic news channels were smashed.
Police said that many security personnel were also injured in the violence, as people inside the ashram fired upon them and pelted them with stones in a last-ditch attempts to thwart the storming of the premises.