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RSS Workers Attack Two Journalists, Case Against 10

The incident happened on the World Press Freedom Day.

Malappuram (Ker), May 3

A photojournalist and a reporter working with a Malayalam daily were injured on Thursday when some RSS workers stormed the press club here and allegedly attacked them, police said.

The RSS workers attacked the two journalists, Faud Sanea and Shahabas Aman of the same newspaper, after they attempted to take a video of their alleged manhandling of a two-wheeler rider during a protest march taken out near the press club, they said.

Police said the trouble broke out when around 150 RSS workers took out the procession protesting the attack on an RSS office in the district two days ago.

“They were outside the press club and saw the protesters approaching from the Manjeri Road. On the same path, a biker was approaching the group of protesters, when the bike broke down. This led to a verbal spat between the two and eventually lead to some protesters beating him up,” the News Minute reported.

The two-wheeler rider tried to leave the spot but the RSS workers intercepted him and took possession of the vehicle’s key, police said.

On seeing Sanea taking some video shots on his mobile phone at that time, a section of the RSS workers barged into the Press club and allegedly assaulted him who suffered injuries in the legs and has been hospitalised, and snatched away his phone. Police later recovered the mobile phone from the workers and returned it to the photo journalist.

The case has been registered against 10 RSS workers under various sections of IPC including those related to unlawful assembly and rioting besides the Kerala Public Way Restriction of Assemblies and Procession Act, police said.

The incident, which occurred on the World Press Freedom Day, was condemned by the media fraternity in Kerala. In the march to the Secretariat here protesting against the attack on media personnel, they raised slogans condemning the incident and lit candles to mark their protest.

(With PTI inputs)

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