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Maderna supporters attack journalists

Supporters of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, an accused in the case concerning nurse Bhanwari Devi’s disappearance, attacked journalists on Sunday outside the hospital where Maderna has been admitted. Attack on scribesvideo|Maderna suspended by Cong, skips CBI quizzing

india Updated: Nov 14, 2011 00:15 IST
HT Correspondent
Bhanwari Devi

Supporters of sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, an accused in the case concerning nurse Bhanwari Devi’s disappearance, attacked journalists on Sunday outside the hospital where Maderna has been admitted.

Officials said reporters were trying to talk to Maderna’s daughter Divya Maderna on the case when 20-25 people targeted them.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot directed the police to arrest the culprits.

Jodhpur deputy commissioner of police Deepak Kumar told HT on the phone: “A case has been registered and the police are investigating the (matter). The situation is peaceful.”

The supporters also damaged the equipment of a national Hindi TV channel and threw stones at the office of a local TV channel.

Bhanwari Devi went missing on September 1 and is suspected to have been murdered.

Several journalists’ organisations condemned the attack and demanded action against the culprits. Journalists sat in protest before the residence of home minister Shanti Dhariwal.

Leaders of various opposition parties criticised the government for its failure to provide security to the journalists. Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Chandrabhan too condemned the attack.
Maderna, who skipped CBI questioning on health grounds, was hospitalised on Saturday night after he complained of chest pain.

With inputs from New Delhi