Journalist claims railway cops thrashed him and urinated in his mouth

Updated: Jun 12, 2019, 16:06 IST | mid-day online desk

A video surfaced the internet where a journalist has been beaten up & put up in a lock-up in Uttar Pradesh

Journalist claims railway cops thrashed him and urinated in his mouth
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Two GRP personnel were placed under suspension for allegedly thrashing a television journalist after an argument with him when he was covering the derailment of a goods train in Shamli, officials said on Wednesday. Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police OP Singh ordered that Government Railway Police's Shamli Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar and constable Sanjay Pawar be placed under suspension, the state police tweeted on Wednesday morning. The journalist, Amit Sharma stated, “I was locked up, stripped and they urinated upon right into my mouth.”

A senior UP government official, quoting Shamli Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey, said the action was taken after the two GRP personnel thrashed Amit Sharma. In a purported video of the incident which went viral on social media late last night, the accused GRP personnel, in plain clothes, can be seen repeatedly slapping and punching Sharma. Subsequently, the GRP personnel detained him. "The incident took place when the journalist had gone to cover the derailment of a few bogies of a goods trains in Shamli. There was a heated exchange of words among them and hurling of abuses," said Ram Lakhan Mishra, the Circle Officer, GRP, Saharanpur.

A senior GRP official said the journalist was released around 7 am on Wednesday. The Uttar Pradesh police tweeted, "We have come across a video where a journalist has been beaten up & put up in a lock up. DGP UP OP Singh has ordered for immediate suspension of SHO GRP Shamli Rakesh Kumar & Const. Sanjay Pawar. Strict punishment shall be accorded to policemen misbehaving with citizens."

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