Plea to cancel case against lensmen
Condemning the state government for slapping a case for abetment to suicide against two photo journalists in the Shivali case, Punjab Press Club demanded immediate cancellation of the cases.Updated: Sep 08, 2012 10:45 IST
Condemning the state government for slapping a case for abetment to suicide against two photo journalists in the Shivali case, Punjab Press Club demanded immediate cancellation of the cases.
"It is highly condemnable to book photographers for abetment of suicide of Shivali, as they were virtually whistle-blowers of high-headed attitude of the Inspector Balwinder Kaur, who was responsible for public humiliation of Shivali, which forced her to take the extreme step of suicide", President of the club, Major Singh said.
"Had photographs of public humiliation would not be available with the media, the police could have covered up the episode by declaring it mere rail accident", Singh added.
The photographers, who were booked by the police, cooperated with the Enquiry Officer, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Zonal Gupreet Deo and even provided her the copies of the video as well as still snaps of entire episode for substantiate evidences, president of the club said.
Earlier, after holding meeting of the core committee of the club, a memorandum addressed to Deputy Chief Minister was submitted to local administration to demand immediate cancellation of the case against scribes.
Secretary of the Club, Manoj Tripathy, revealed that Club has decided to extend legal aide to not only to the photographers, who were fabricated in the case, but also to the family of Shivali to take the case to its logical conclusion.
"On Saturday a delegation of club will meet Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to demand immediate cancellation of the case against scribes", Tripathy said adding that in case the demand is not accepted, an extensive agitation would be launched in entire state.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Gaurav Yadav today appointed Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP), Navjot Singh Mahal as investigating officer in the case.
"The investigating officer has been asked to investigate the case on a day-to-day basis and to bring on record all available evidence, including oral statements of witnesses and documentary evidence including inquiry report of IGP/Zone-II, Jalandhar and proceedings u/s 174 CrPC conducted by the Government Railway Police", Yadav said.
The investigating officer will record the statements u/s 161 CrPC of material witnesses, bring documentary and other evidence including video footage on record and take further appropriate action in accordance with the provisions of law, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that on the instructions of State Home Department, a case for abetment of suicide of Shivali was registered against woman Inspector Balwinder Kaur and Photo journalists Brijesh Kumar and Ravi on Thursday night.