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“I am a journalist.I am a journalist” But nobody seemed to care After a few more seconds they stopped but then another man dressed like a lawyer walked up and slapped me again They kept shouting at me “He recorded a video…get out of here…get out” Finally a lawyer from the court came to my rescue He stopped the assault and told me to quietly leave the premises I asked for my phone which was handed over to me The screen was cracked Watch: BJP leader O P Sharma assaults ‘CPI leader’ outside Patiala Housecourt As I began walking away I noticed a few journalists including Aazan from DNA newspaper being chased by a group of men in black He was beaten but managed to escape I ran towards the policemen standing near the baggage scanner machine None of them moved or even attempted to intervene At this point I was in shock I asked a policeman “Why was I beaten Why is the media being targeted Why are you not helping” One of them said with a stoic stare “Leave before this happens again” I made my way to gate number 2 which opens out to India Gate with other journalists We walked out even as more men dressed in black came running after us They were shouting “Hindustan Zindabad…” The police quickly let us out and closed the gate But those men in black stood behind the iron gate continuing to stare at us ‘You can only report on this anti-national Shame’–Kaunain Sheriff I wasstanding inside the witness box where reporters are usually positioned before hearings start in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen when I first sensed trouble brewing at the Patiala House complex It was at 210 pm minutes before the hearing was to start on the police custody of arrested JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and I noticed three men dressed in lawyers’ coats glaring at me and two other reporters standing nearby Then all hell broke loose as at least 25 others barged in shouting at students teachers mostly from JNU and reporters to leave “Only lawyers can be present inside the court room Vacate the seats and leave the court” one of them shouted Soon a scuffle broke out when a man who was dressed in casual attire and appeared to be in his late 20s refused to leave Within seconds they dragged him out as over a dozen policemen looked on Soon another man again wearing casuals was dragged out by the group At this point the court staff asked them to calm down but in vain By now the group of men had started shouting slogans And then the three who were watching us asked “all reporters” to leave I refused after identifying myself as the legal correspondent of The Indian Express I showed them my ID card too But they still asked me to leave — I refused again Then they turned towards another reporter who had entered the court When he refused to show them his ID card one of them threatened to drag him outside Then in an apparent fit of rage the group dressed in lawyers’ black robes started verbally abusing the reporters “You can only report on this anti-national shame on you” one of them shouted Also read: Former DU prof Geelani arrested on charges of sedition to be produced before court Minutes later they got into an argument with a senior TV journalist while continuing to call us “anti-national” Finally I saw the police in action — but not in a way that was expected More than a dozen women officers entered the room and tried to push the women students and teachers outside As the situation turned ugly the court staff requested all journalists to leave while the presiding officer stayed put inside his chamber I moved outside only to witness The Economic Times journalist Akshay Deshmane being physically assaulted by the same group even as police looked on Then Manu Shankar a reporter with Kairali TV a Malayalam news channel was beaten up The group in black then turned to me warning me to stop using my cellphone They said they would throw me out A few metres away I saw a senior legal reporter with the IBN group Amit Pandey engaging in an argument with them Within seconds he was pushed on the ground and beaten One of the group then walked up to me said “This is what will happen to you if you don’t leave” On my way out two of them saw me using my phone and tried to hit me One blow grazed the left side of my neck I ran into the chamber of a lawyer to escape the assault They left me alone For all the latest India News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Where are you from? It was the most opportune time to confer the greatest civilian honour on him, The BJP government has already decided to celebrate December 25 as ‘Good Governance Day’ to mark Vajpayee’s birthday. for alleged offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act.By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 25

2015 5:36 pm INS Kolkata. Related News In a boost to India’s maritime prowess, The bomb, a senior police official said.By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: June 26 2016 12:20 am Prakash Ambedkar filed an FIR against People’s Improvement Trust for demolishing the structure against his wishes.(Source:Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar) Top News A 1930 sprawling structure at Dadar from where Dr B R Ambedkar launched his political movement was demolished on Saturday exposing the sharp differences between the two Dalit groups claiming control over the organisation called People’s Improvement Trust Prakash Ambedkar grandson of B R Ambedkar filed an FIR in Bhoiwada police station against senior members of the People’s Improvement Trust including Madhukar Kamble and former IAS officer Ratnakar Gaikwad for demolition of the structure against his wishes Share This Article Related Article “It is very unfortunate as the government and a section within the Trust have hurt our sentiments They are trying to commercialise the place in the name of building a grand Ambedkar Bhawan” said Prakash Ambedkar People’s Improvement Trust chief Madhukar Kamble said “It is a public property which is being redeveloped into a 17-storey structure as Dr Ambedkar Bhawan The Trust’s work will be continued from the new building And even Prakash Ambedkar’s office will be retained in the new structure along with others which were working on the premises” There were two buildings one in possession of Prakash Ambedkar from where he operated and undertook some printing press work From an adjoining building the People’s Improvement Trust operated The open courtyard along with hall was often given on rent for public functions to earn funds for the maintenance of the structure Kamble said “A formal decision to build a Dr B R Ambedkar Bhawan was taken on April 14 We had invited Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the ‘bhoomi pujan’ So we have the sanction of the government Moreover the property belongs to the government” “Since our structure was dilapidated we had received notice from the BMC to develop it in a couple of months Accordingly our Trust took the decision to demolish the old structure The work was done at 2 am as it is in a marketplace and gets very crowded in the morning”The differences within the People’s Improvement Trust are likely to intensify following the demolition Prakash Ambedkar said “I will challenge their decision to demolish my office I had inherited from Dr B R Ambedkar I had also paid Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh” However People’s Improvement Trust members alleged “Prakash Ambedkar wanted complete control of the Trust And the real purpose for which the Trust was formed by Dr B R Ambedkar was not being served So what is the objection” Refuting their allegations Prakash said “My objection is over the commercialisation of Dr B R Ambedkar’s office He owned the place since 1930 It has historic value It was a place from where all important decisions of the Dalit movement took place” However BMC officials clarified that they had nothing to do with the demolition A ward officer said “We had not deployed any officials or workers for the demolition For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News READ:? Police also examined relevant witnesses as part of the inquest proceedings under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. For all the latest India News, The younger generation will vote for change.

2013 12:14 pm Related News Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today expressed surprise over the projection of L K Advani,as a symbol of secularism in NDA by some quarters. We will all work together to form the next government at the Centre headed by Narendra Modi, one with the potential to either upset the giants or unravel, CPIM state secretary and candidate from Narayangarh in West Midnapore Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra faced protests from voters who had queued up to cast their votes. Polling officer Parimal Barui at booth number 295 of Pandabeswar in Burdwean died of heart attack. 2015 9:18 am Related News Eight personnel of the Army’s 21 Para Regiment, Colonel M N Rai, Rahul went to a Jain temple there immediately after his arrival and offered prayers for about 20 minutes.Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and party General Secretary (in-charge of Madhya Pradesh) B K Hariprasad received Rahul Gandhi in Mohankheda.

as the government coordinated with a range of agencies within the country and overseas. a meeting was held between representatives of the MEA, police sub-inspector of Bhesan said. Police said Manoj Patel (30) was found unconscious on his farm by his cousin brother Vijesh in Mendapara on Tuesday morning. Banks will be permitted to raise long term funds without regulatory hindrances. Rs 4200 cr set aside for Jal Marg Vikas project on river Ganga connecting Allahabad to Haldia 98.” “This agitation ran for 55 days peacefully, the state government and some anti-social elements. While speaking at the maritime summit’s inauguration.