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BJP corporator sent to judicial custody for assaulting scribe

PTI  Raigarh, June 09, 2013
First Published: 15:52 IST(9/6/2013) | Last Updated: 15:55 IST(9/6/2013)

A BJP corporator, accused of assaulting a journalist, was remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local court.

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"Senior BJP corporator Ashish Tamrakar, accused of thrashing a journalist - Praveen Tripathi - surrendered before the police on Friday late night after absconding for nearly two months," a senior police official said.

"On Saturday, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate GK Neelam rejected his bail plea and sent him to 14 days' judicial custody," the official added.

Praveen Tripathi (36), bureau chief of Raigarh's 'Patrika' Hindi daily, was allegedly thrashed by the corporator along with his supporters on April 18, when he went in Tamrakar's constituency for a news coverage.

Later, protests were held by the local scribes demanding immediate arrest of the corporator.

A case was registered under section 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 307 (attempt to murder) and 342 (wrongful confinement) against 15 people, including Tamrakar, the official said, adding, "three attackers had already been arrested in this connection."

As per the statement of the journalist, the corporator was enraged with the news of the alleged corruption and irregularities in RMC recently published by him.


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