Abhishek Banerjee targets Modi over Madhya Pradesh journalist 'stripping' incident
Kolkata/Bhopal/IBNS: Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over an alleged incident where a journalist was stripped to underwear after he had covered a protest against a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA in Madhya Pradesh.
Banerjee, a TMC MP, tweeted, "The spectre of ‘ACHHE DIN’! Mr @narendramodi, in your dystopian NEW INDIA, suppressing has become the norm. Those who DARED TO PROTEST are ruthlessly humiliated.
"The use of state machinery for your NEFARIOUS AGENDAS has gone too far now. Disgraceful!"
The spectre of ‘ACHHE DIN’!— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) April 7, 2022
Mr @narendramodi, in your dystopian NEW INDIA, suppressing has become the norm.
Those who DARED TO PROTEST are ruthlessly humiliated. The use of state machinery for your NEFARIOUS AGENDAS has gone too far now.
In a post that has gone viral on social media, eight men including the journalist along with a YouTuber were seen stripped down to their undergarments at a local police station.
IBNS has not independently verified the post.
#सीधी_पुलिस_का_पत्रकारों_पर_ज़ुल्म— Dr.Rakesh Pathak डॉ. राकेश पाठक راکیش (@DrRakeshPathak7) April 7, 2022
MP के सीधी जिला पुलिस ने पत्रकारों को थाने में अर्धनग्न अवस्था में खड़ा कर दिया है।उनमें अधिकांश यूट्यूब चैनल चलाते हैं।कनिष्क तिवारी के बघेली यूट्यूब चैनल पर सवा लाख सब्सक्राइबर हैं।+@ChouhanShivraj@IndEditorsGuild@ajitanjum @vinodkapri pic.twitter.com/YPWYx0meyJ
The journalist and YouTuber have alleged that they were also abused and beaten up.
The incident reportedly occurred in Madhya Pradesh's Sidhi district on Saturday.
The journalist went to cover the protest against BJP MLA Kedarnath Shukla and his son Kedar Guru Dutt, who were accused of abusing a theatre artist Neeraj Kunder using a fake Facebook profile.
Kanishka Tiwari, the journalist, has alleged that he and his cameraperson were arrested and charged with several charges, NDTV reported.
Tiwari claimed he along with others were kept in custody for 18 hours.