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Attack on media persons at Hisar, journos move SC

A group of journalists on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and Haryana for ordering a judicial probe into alleged assault on them and other media persons during recent police operation to arrest self-styled ‘godman’ Rampal at Barwala in Hisar. In the plea, which is likely to be taken up for hearing during the week, they have also sought punishment for ‘erring police officials’ for resorting to ‘lathi charge’ without caution and care’.

It alleged there was an increasing tendency to ‘muzzle the press’ by the government authorities and sought ‘appropriate compensation’ for the affected journalists and framing of guidelines to ensure ‘free and fair functioning of the media’.

‘The petitioners, who are media persons being victims and aggrieved to the unprovoked lathi charge on them in Hisar, Haryana during the stand-off between the police and supporters of Rampal, are filing the present writ petition to seek justice for violation of their fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19 (1)(a) of the Constitution,’  plea said.
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