Media continues to be at receiving end
THE LOWER rung in the police administration continues to be insensitive towards the problems of common man despite the instructions of the State Director General of Police A R Pawar and journalists are not spared too.india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 00:18 IST
THE LOWER rung in the police administration continues to be insensitive towards the problems of common man despite the instructions of the State Director General of Police A R Pawar and journalists are not spared too.
The DGP had recently asked the police administration to respond quickly in receiving first information reports (FIRs) at police stations. The apathetic attitude of the police personnel was evident in Ujjain last night when media persons had to resort to an agitation to get an FIR over the misbehavior meted out to a cameraperson by a constable during coverage of Shani Amavasya registered.
Interestingly, the genuine grievances of the press corp could only be accepted when the scribes shouted slogans at the residence of range Inspector General of police.
One Jitendra Thakur was prevented by a constable from entering the barricaded area at the Shani Temple on the ground that the place was jam-packed. The issue turned ugly when constable Indra Vikram allegedly manhandled Jitendra and threatened him with dire consequences.
Thakur reported the matter to Neelganga TI K K Upadhyaya, who did not take it seriously. Scribes began gathering as the news spread but the police refused to file an FIR. The agitated journalists blocked the traffic at Chamunda Choraha at 11 am forcing ASP Veneet khanna to reach there. But the deadlock continued.
Irked journalists decided to squat before the residence of IG Anil Kumar to get their complaint registered. It was only around 2 pm when the police officials agreed to register the FIR. The Neelganga police station is one to get ISO certification.
Strangely, a counter case has been registered on Sunday against Jitendra Thakur under section 353 for creating hurdle in government work, and against the scribes for blocking the road. The journalists are now planning an agitation against what they term ‘police atrocities.’