Three journalists were allegedly attacked by a mob in north-east Delhi on Tuesday afternoon while covering a story. The matter has been reported to the police.
The journalists, reporters with the Caravan magazine, were in Subhash Mohalla when the incident took place.
Late evening, one of the journalists confirmed the incident and said a police complaint was being lodged.
Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of the magazine, said in a tweet: “This is to confirm that 3 of our reporters on assignment, working on stories on the anti-muslim violence in northeast delhi, were surrounded by a mob & manhandled (sic)”.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) Ved Prakash Surya said that an information was received about the incident after which officials reached the spot and rescued the reporters. They were then brought to the police station.
The DCP said that they have yet to receive any complaint.
A police officer privy to the matter said that the journalists were asking questions to people around a mosque, “which the people didn’t like and got annoyed” following which a scuffle took place.
There were seven-eight persons against the journalists, the officer said.
Caravan releases statement
In a statement released late on Tuesday night, Caravan said, “Today afternoon, in the Subhash Mohalla locality in northeast Delhi, a group of men and women assaulted three staffers of Caravan India — Prabhjit Singh, Shahid Tantray and a third staff member — to stop them from reporting. The mob physically assaulted the staffers, threatened to kill them, and used communal slurs.”
The magazine also claimed that one among the mob, “dressed in a saffron kurta, claimed he was the “BJP general secretary” and upon learning Shahid’s name, the attackers, including the man who said he was from the BJP, beat him and used communal slurs against him.
“They threatened to kill him. Local police personnel subsequently managed to take the staffers to the nearby Bhajanpura station. In his complaint, Prabhjit wrote that were he not present, ‘the mob led by that saffron-clad man would have lynched Shahid for his Muslim identity’.”