Mumbai: Policing under lens as mob targets journalist in Mahim

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 22:30 IST

A road rage incident late on Sunday involving a woman TV journalist, who was allegedly targeted by a mob in Mahim, resulted in severe chaos at a police station, prompting Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria to issue an order for better policing.

The incident took place on Sunday night when a 28-year-old correspondent for a TV news channel was heading to Lower Parel with a cameraperson for an assignment .

“Two young men on a scooter brushed against our vehicle at a signal near St. Michael’s Church in Mahim,” said the journalist. “We ignored them but they started to follow our vehicle, making obscene gestures and even abusing us.”

She alleged that the two men called another 10-15 persons, who gathered near a bus stop and tried to stop the TV crew’s car.

“I called the police control room, which sent a police team who took the young men to the police station. I also informed fellow mediapersons,” said the journalist.

“The police initially asked us to file a FIR foar a non-cognisable offence and asked us to repeat the abusive words and gestures made by the youths,” she said, adding a group of around 15 journalists arrived at the police station in the meanwhile.

Then, the journalist alleged, a mob of around 60-70 people stormed the police station.

“The crowd was such that the police confined us to a cabin inside the police station. The crowd was getting aggressive and manhandled two journalists,” she alleged.

“It was only after we contacted the high-ranking officers that a police force was sent to the police station. Ideally, the Mahim police should have called in the force. It was around 5.30am that we left the police station amidst security,” she said.

The police have registered two cases in this regard for molestation, rioting and unlawful assembly. “We have arrested seven people. The men on the scooter — Sagar Gupta, 19, and Armaan Khan, 21 — have been arrested for stalking and molestation,” said Dastgir Mulla, senior inspector, Mahim police station.

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