DUJ Condemns Police Beating of Caravan Journalist
The Delhi Union of Journalists is shocked at the detention of young Caravan reporter Ahan Penkar and the severe beating he received in the Model Town police station for covering a rape and murder case. Penkar has injuries on his nose, shoulder, back and ankle, The Caravan has stated. A written complaint has been filed with the Police Commissioner.
Penkar was recording on his phone a small protest outside the police station by relatives of the murdered girl and student activists on Oct. 16, 2020. They were demanding the lodging of an FIR in the case. The rape and murder had occurred on Oct.7, 2020.
The police detained the protesters and also detained Penkar, although he showed them his press card. In his complaint to the Police Commissioner he has said that his phone was taken and his recording of the protest deleted. He has also said that ACP Ajay Kumar kicked and beat him up repeatedly. He has complained that several others were also beaten up by five or six police officers.
While severely condemning the incident, the Delhi Union of Journalists urges Delhi’s Commissioner of Police S.N.Srivastava to inquire into the entire incident and take immediate, exemplary action against the police officers involved.