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INDIA: Cops 'threaten' mediapersons, commissioner orders probe

Media personnel who attempted to investigate a murder story protest threats made by police

The Times of India
Friday, April 10, 2004

HYDERBAD: City police commissioner R P Singh on Thursday ordered an inquiry into the alleged high-handed behaviour of the police against mediapersons, who had gone to get a story on a murder that took place at Tolichowki.

A tiff took place between West Zone deputy commissioner of police N Sanjay and a scribe and camera crew of a Telugu channel who went to cover the murder, following which Assistant Commissioner of Police, Asif Nagar division, V Mahender Reddy, reportedly intervened and threatened the scribe with dire consequences.

The mediapersons staged a dharna in front of the commissioner's office at Basheerbagh demanding action against the DCP and ACP.

However, additional commissioner of police A K Khan intervened and pacified the agitating media persons.

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