A local scribe was allegedly beaten up by some staff members of Government Secondary School, Baghpur, on Tuesday when he had visited the school to record the statement of the school principal in connection with a news report. He claimed that his camera was snatched and the video-tape removed, but principalParamjit Singh denied the charges.
Kamaldeep Singh, who works for a TV channel as a cameraman, alleged that in the afternoon, he had gone to the school to take the principal's take on alleged refusal of admission in Class 11 to the brother in of a fellow journalist who had written an adverse story on the school a few days ago.
He claimed that when he was trying to convince the principal to give a bite on the camera, one of the teachers sitting by the principal's side, abused him and snatched his camera. When he went after the man to get back the camera, another teacher came running towards him and both the colleagues beat him up.
On learning about the incident, members of the Press Club and Hariana police reached the school and asked both sides to amicably resolve the matter. They also treid to convince the school staff that that the teachers concerned should apologise and return the camera tape to the complainant.
The principal first agreed to return the tape, but later feigned ignorance about it at which media persons went to the Hariana police station and lodged a formal complaint. Later, after allegedly deleting the 'objectionable' part of the recording the principal handed back the video tape to the journalist.