Representational image of the violence in Gokulpuri, part of February's North-east Delhi riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Representational image of the violence in Gokulpuri, part of February's North-east Delhi riots | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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New Delhi: Journalists covering the violence in Delhi are alleging that mobs backing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have been attacking them and preventing them from on-ground reporting.   

A number of journalists told ThePrint that they were specifically targeted by those supporting the citizenship act. 

“I was reporting from Maujpur metro station. I was reporting from a safe corner and I wasn’t alone,” Parvina Purkayastha, senior correspondent, Times Now told ThePrint. “I could see pro and anti-CAA protesters clashing… Suddenly, a group of pro-CAA protestors singled me out.”

“A group of 5 to 6 men came with wooden sticks and said maarenge (we’ll hit you),” she added. “I had to sit there and plead with them to not beat me and let me go.”

Purkayastha also tweeted about her ordeal. 


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Shreya Chatterjee, former senior correspondent, News X, alleged that she was stopped from reporting on the ground in Maujpur. 

She said that a mob supporting the citizenship act threatened to beat the group of journalists she was with. 

“They were saying hinduon ki ladayi hai, humara saath dijiye, record mat kijiye, hum fass jayenge  (This is the fight of the Hindus, support us and don’t record this, otherwise we will be in trouble),” Chatterjee said.  

Chatterjee maintained that Danish Siddiqui from Reuters had also been injured while covering the clashes but Siddiqui refused to comment on the issue. 

She too had tweeted on her ordeal.  

Also read: LIVE: Violence in Delhi’s Maujpur continues, Kejriwal & AAP leaders appeal for peace from Rajghat

Attack on TV journalists 

News channel Mirror Now says that there have been two separate attacks on TV news journalists in which at least one journalist has been shot at. 

On CNN News 18, its report Journalists Heckled had reporter Runjhun say on the air that reporters’ mobiles were being seized, and footage erased. “They are not allowing us to cover (the violence)…,” Runjhun said. 

Three NDTV journalists, Arvind Gunasekar, Saurabh Shukla and Mariyam Alavi, were among those attacked Tuesday, while cameraperson Sushil Rathee was also attacked. 

“It is a very scary situation, we had to run for our lives,” said a reporter who did not wish to be named. “Journalists are being attacked and are being asked about their religion.” 

Shantasree Sarkar of Republic tweeted Monday, alleging that when she was covering Bhajanpur, pro-CAA mobs were attacking men wearing skull caps and were chanting Jai Shri Ram

ThePrint reached out to Anil Mittal, PRO, Delhi Police, for a comment on the issue. Mittal, however, maintained that he didn’t have any information on the attack on journalists. 

Also read: Death toll in northeast Delhi violence climbs to 8, stone pelting, firing continues



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  1. Vinu you are pathetic. I can see how much you are panicking because Journalists from both left wing and right wing have exposed your Nazi chaddis.

  2. An utterly biased article. By all accounts the stone pelting mischief was started by members of the minority community. Even video footage shows them indulging in such activities. The DCP (Shahdra) Mr. Amit Sharma was dragged out of his official vehicle by members of the minority community and mercilessly thrashed. He is in critical state and is in ICU currently.

    • Pray,from which accounts did you come to know that stone pelting was done first by these protestors?Don’t talk bs.This is what the pro CAA people wanted to delegitimize the protests.Inflatory speeches,police brutuality and what not

    • Where is the Muslim terrorism?And why should people who protest without violence get thrashed.Oh right,Chodiji gets gassed seeing dissent.My bad


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