Constable suspended for assaulting Indian lensman

Updated on Apr 14, 2004 12:15 AM IST

A Pakistani policeman was suspended for assaulting an Indian photographer at the Pindi Cricket Stadium during the third Test.

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PTI | ByKadambari Murali, Rawalpindi
Though this tour has gone off in the spirit of the "Goodwill Series" it was intended to be, on Tuesday an unfortunate incident during the lunch break caused an uproar at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Suman Chattopadhayay, a photojournalist with Kolkata's Pratidin newspaper was beaten up by a local policeman during the lunch break. Chattopadhayay, here to cover the match, had been on the ground all morning and was getting back into the ground when he was stopped by constable Imtiaz and told he couldn’t go in. Chattopadhayay displayed his PCB-accreditation, showed his camera and pointed out that his laptop and the rest of equipment was still on the ground. The policeman was having none of it. An agitated Chattopadhayay raised his voice and got slapped on the face first a couple of times and then kicked by Imtiaz.

According to Imtiaz, he slapped Chattopadhayay because the latter abused him when he didn't allow him in. But a journalist from Pakistan's FM Radio, who was standing right there, said there was "no bad language used by Chattopadhayay". The cop was suspended and apologised after a whole lot of people got involved.

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