A deputation of scribes from Moga and Faridkot met SSP Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon and demanded the withdrawal of criminal case against editor Phool Mittal and author of an article published in professor Inder Singh Ghaga.
The duo had been booked for 'intentionally and maliciously' outraging the religious feeling of a community, on Thursday.
This was after an article by Ghaga, published in the weekly Malwa Mail on August 19, had led to protests in Baghapurana town in Moga. Enraged residents had also burnt the copies of the newspaper.
"The signboards outside the newspaper office were set on fire. There was even an attempt to set the office on fire," said Mittal.
"The article that my newspaper published was taken from a book of professor Ghaga, published three years ago. The piece had already been published at various Punjabi newspapers across the world," he added.
The Moga police had arrested professor Ghaga from Patiala but a local court released him on bail. The court had also issued stay orders on the arrest of Mittal.
Gurinder Singh Mehndiratta, a prominent journalist from Faridkot, said: "The case is false and has been registered against the two at the behest of the SAD and the BJP leaders. We will start an agitation if the police fail to ensure that justice is done."
Moga Press Club president Iqbal Singh said: "A case should be also registered against protesters, who used unparliamentarily language in full public view against the journalists and burnt newspaper property."
"I have joined as Moga SSP only a day ago. I will discuss the matter with my officials and will ensure than an SP-level officer handles the case," the SSP said.