The journalists’ fraternity here carried out a protest march demanding transfer of the Phillaur police division SHO Gulshan Kumar for latter’s alleged highhandedness against the media persons and the general public.
The reporters of print and electronic media from Phillaur, Goraya, Appra, Bilga, Dosanjh Kalan and Nurmahal participated in the march, which started from local courts complex and moved through kila road, main bazaar, grain market and wood market before culminating at the local DSP office here.
The protesters staged a dharna at DSP office and demanded that the erring SHO, Gulshan Kumar Sharma, should be immediately transferred since he was pursuing anti-media activities. The president of Phillaur Press Club Surjit Singh Barnala along with senior journalists Parmod Kaushal and Satinder Sharma, in a press statement issued here, said that the SHO had engineered protest against media persons at local police station recently with an aim to intimidate the reporters.
The reporters had already boycotted the coverage of the police officer for his alleged highhandedness.
Later, the reporters met the local DSP Paramjit Singh Pannu and handed over a memorandum of demands to him.
The reporters alleged that frustrated over the protest march, the SHO has hatched a conspiracy to implicate them in a false case. They demanded high level probe into the matter.
Meanwhile, superintendent of police (SP) Rajinder Singh said that the grievances of the media persons would be considered at appropriate level.
On reports about the SHO trying to implicate certain protesting journalists in false cases, the SP denied such a move and maintained that no case would be registered against the media persons without the prior approval of the district level committee constituted by the state government to look into such cases.
SHO Gulshan Kumar refuted the allegations and said that he was being unnecessarily targeted. “A section of reporters on Monday manhandled a videographer in the main bazaar and his camera was damaged in the melee. The senior police officers are looking into the case. The man, admitted at local hospital, is yet to get his statement recorded,” he alleged.