Journalists in Indore will stage a ‘silent protest’ on October 2 — international non-violence day — if the police department takes no action against town inspector (TI) of the Choti Gwaltoti police, who they accuse of not doing anything when they were being attacked by petrol pump employees on Tuesday.
Office bearers of the Indore press club have also requested the police that the statements of the victims be taken under 164 CrPC as soon as possible.
The police have recorded the statements of 10 television journalists who were injured or present at the spot on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the Petrol Pump Association met the DIG and put forth their version of the incident and the DIG assured them of necessary action.
Satpal Anand — whose son runs the petrol pump and is one of the accused in the case — refused to talk over the phone, when contacted.
On Tuesday afternoon, the journalists had gone to the Chhoti Gwaltoli area to cover a fire accident, when they were allegedly attacked and given death threats by the petrol pump employees.
“We are demanding action against the TI Chhoti Gwaltoli as he had not intervened and was biased towards the accused in the whole incident. If the TI is not suspended till October 2, we will start a silent protest at Regal Square and put the fight before the state government,” said Arvind Tiwari, general secretary of Indore Press Club.
However, senior police officers have assured the journalists that they are inquiring into the issue of the TI’s carelessness or bias against them and that if he is found guilty, action would be taken.
Meanwhile, the police have produced six accused who were arrested on Tuesday before the district court, which sent them to jail.
On Tuesday morning, a fire broke out in a chemical and paint godown in Kibe Compound under Chhoti Gwaltoli
While the fire brigade was trying to douse the fire, some journalists who were covering the incident, were allegedly manhandled by employees of a petrol pump which is just a few metres away.
The journalists have filed a complaint against the petrol pump employees and the police have registered a case under section 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting), 146 (punishment for rioting) and other sections of IPC.