Journalist Amit Sharma was beaten and abused by a group of policemen and then locked up in UP's Shamli
Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh:
Four railway policemen, including a station house officer, were booked for allegedly beating up a journalist in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, an official said on Thursday.
In a purported video of the incident that was widely circulated on social media late on Tuesday night, in which the accused Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel, dressed in plain clothes, can be seen repeatedly slapping and punching television journalist Amit Sharma.
Subsequently, the journalist was detained by the railway policemen.
Police registered a case against the four personnel, including Station House Officer Rakesh Kumar, on Wednesday for causing hurt, insult, robbery and wrongful confinement, GRP Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand Dubey said.
Of the four GRP officers, Mr Kumar and Constable Sanjay Pawar were suspended on Wednesday.
A case has been registered for causing hurt, intentional insult, criminal intimidation, kidnapping, punishment for robbery and wrongful confinement, according to police.
The incident took place after the policemen entered into an argument with Mr Sharma when he was covering the derailment of a goods train in Shamli.
Mr Sharma has alleged that he was thrashed by the GRP personnel and put in a lock up.
"They forced me to take my clothes off and urinated on me," the scribe said. However, this charge was denied by the GRP.
The policemen were charged after an agitation by journalists over the incident. They staged a sit-in in Shamli on Wednesday.
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