Peeved at the registration of a false and fabricated case against a Baddi-based scribe and snatching of camera by the superintendent of police, members of the Baddi Press Club along with Congress leaders and representatives of various social organisations on Sunday staged a dharna at Shanti Sathal against unlawful action of the police in industrial township Baddi.
Tying black bands on the mouth, the protesting members and leaders also took out a candlelight march from the main bazaars to register their protest against the SP’s action against the journalists.
Notably, the incident had taken place after some scribes had gone to cover a dispute between some cops and local traders in the town on Friday evening.
The SP had reportedly snatched the camera of the scribe, taking pictures of the incidents and later returned the same after deleting all pictures. This had led to resentment among the journalistic fraternity, who had slammed the action and termed it as an open attempt to throttle the voice of the media. Later, even the Congress leaders had criticised the SP’s behaviour.
Meanwhile, members of the Solan District Journalists’ Association condemning the SP’s action urged the chief minister to intervene into the matter and initiate departmental action against the erring cop.
The members of the Baddi Press Club assembled in the town in the afternoon and staged a dharna for over two hours. Later, a large number of representatives of social organisations, including vice-chairman of the Nalagarh Block Development Committee Balwinder Thakur, also joined the protest.
Later, Nalagarh deputy SP Nishchint Negi also arrived at the spot and discussed the issue with the protesters in length. The protesting scribes finally resolved to start a chain hunger strike if the SP did not tender the apology and withdraw the false and fabricated case against the club’s member. It was also resolved that the issue would be taken up with the chief minister.