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Assam CM orders probe into assault on woman journalist

Guwahati: Protests by scribes and various other mass organisations were rife in Assam against manhan-dling of a woman TV journalist and a videogra-pher by Assam police personnel inside Latasil Police Station here on Saturday last even as Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday ordered a probe into the incident by Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Bora.
The chief minister asked the Additional Chief Secretary to submit the probe report within one month and action will be taken on the basis of the finding of the probe, an official statement said here on Monday.
Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC), taking a suo moto case, also ordered the Chief Secretary of Assam on Monday to institute an enquiry into the alleged assault incident and submit the report within 30 days.The Electronic Media Forum of Assam has lodged a complaint with National Commission for Women againstalleged assault on the Guwahati-based lady TV journalist by male police personnel while she was on
duty.  The victim journalist, who works for a Guwahati based satellite news channel DY365 alleged that she was physically abused in the Latasil police station in central Guwahati while she was there for a reporting
In her FIR to officer-in-charge, Latasil PS (dated: Guwahati 31/01/2015), Ms Mridusmita Bhuyan informed that she went with her camera person named Tapan Das to Latashil PS on Saturday to cover a story
relating to the dilapidated condition of the police station premises.
In the process they found that a police quarter inside Latasil police station campus was rented out to
outsiders by the police men. Soon after completing their works, both the lady reporter and the camera
person were about to leave the PS campus, when one sub-inspector Samsuddin Ahmed and officer-in-charge of Latasil PS, Chidananda Bora, along with other police persons stopped them and started physically assaulting both the media persons.
The police officers also allegedly pointed their arms at them ‘attempting to murder’ the media persons.
The police men also threaten ‘not to publish the story’ and broke their equipment in the process.
Several journalists were detained for several hours by police on Monday when they assembled in front of state secretariat to protest alleged physical assault on two journalists, including the woman reporter.

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