A photojournalist with a Hindi daily Dainik Jagran on Thursday accused the Delhi Police of manhandling him while he was covering the sealing drive in South East Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, PTI reported.
Traders alleged that the journalist had captured the photograph of Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Amit Sharma slapping a store employee. The police allegedly snatched away the journalist’s camera and forced him to delete the photograph, DNA reported. The photojournalist and his colleague were then reportedly detained at the Amar Colony police station.
“There was a law and order situation,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak. “They [the police] had to contain the crowd and in that, they [the photojournalists] were restrained. An inquiry will take place in the matter.”
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