Journalists sought action against IG Basant Rath for slapping scribe

Journalists, camera persons and the management committee of the Press Club of Jammu on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Governor Satya Pal Malik, seeking action against Inspector General (Traffic) Basant Rath for allegedly slapping a journalist and snatching his mobile phone for unknown reasons.

In a meeting here, the journalists unanimously decided to submit a copy of the memorandum to Malik seeking action against the officer.

The journalists had also taken out a protest march against him on Tuesday.
They put forth various suggestions in the meeting after which a consensus was reached on the submission of the memorandum.

They said a complaint had also been lodged at the Gandhi Nagar police station for the registration of an FIR in the case. The incident has created a wedge between the state administration and media persons in Jammu.

“In case the issue is not addressed, we will be left with no other option but to take the fight to a higher level,” said the journalists.

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