Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel thrashed a journalist who was covering a train derailment near Dhimanpura in the early hours of Wednesday.
GRP personnel who were present on the spot, abused, kicked and beat up Amit Sharma of News 24. They snatched his camera.
The journalist said that the cops refused to listen to him and continued to thrash him.
"I was locked up, stripped and they urinated upon right into my mouth," Sharma said.
UP के रामराज्य में एक और पत्रकार की सरेआम पिटाई. रेल के डिब्बे स्लिप होने की कवरेज करने पहुँचे TV journalist को #Shamli जीआरपी थानेदार के इशारे पर उसके गुर्गो ने बुरी तरह पीटा और फिर थाने की हवालात में बंद कर दिया@SanjayAzadSln— Rofl Nana (@RoflNana_) June 11, 2019
Several scribes rushed to the police station on learning about the incident and put the video footage of cops beating up Amit Sharma on the social media. The journalists also contacted senior officials at the police headquarters.
Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar and GRP constable Sunil Kumar have been suspended and a probe has been ordered into the incident.
The journalist was later released.
A Journalist from Shamli of Uttar Pradesh brutally beaten up by a GRP inspector, locked in a prison for filing story against the official. Fourth pillar of democracyin Yogi's rule is indeed in danger pic.twitter.com/wMSL3EgHU4— JAI SHREE RAM Follow me 100%Follow back (@amarbansal241) June 12, 2019
Shamli's Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Pandey said that the senior officials had been apprised of the incident which was "unfortunate" and strict action would be taken against the accused.