Party workers attacked them, asking why they were shooting video of vacant chairs

CPIM workers allegedly attack Asianet journalists in Kozhikode
news Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 11:36

Two journalists of Asianet News were attacked, allegedly by CPI(M) activists, in Kozhikode.

Kozhikode bureau reporter, Anumodh, and cameraman, Aravidh, were covering a public event by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Pinarayi Vijayan.

The media crew was attacked while they were capturing shots of the audience after Pinarayi Vijayan’s speech.

After Pinarayi left the stage, audience numbers dropped and many chairs were vacant. According to the journalists, a group of party workers attacked them, asking why they were shooting video of vacant chairs.

The journalists have also alleged that the activists tried to destroy their camera and other equipment. The incident reportedly happened while senior leaders were on the stage.

“They approached Arvind, shouting at him, asking why we are taking videos of vacant chairs. When they tried to snatch the camera and mike, we objected. Then a big group started assaulting us. They hit Arvind on his head and slapped both of us. We escaped from there with the help of police,” Anumodh said.

Both journalists were admitted to the Kozhikode beach hospital.

Asianet News have said that they have not received any reasonable response from the party on the issue.

 

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