Two police officers beat a journalist from an Assam news channel after he questioned them about why they did not wear helmets while riding a motorbike in Chirang, Assam.
On Monday, the incident occurred in the Basugaon region of Chirang district. Jayant Debnath, a regional private news channel journalist, was named as the victim journalist. Debnath said that his only mistake was questioning the two police officers about why they were riding a motorbike without helmets.
"The two were constables, and when they were questioned, both of them insulted me," he said. They began to physically assault me even more after I told them I was a journalist."
"There was a chance they would have shot me in a fake encounter if the event had happened at night," he added. He claimed that the only reason the incident occurred was that the administration gave the cops "full freedom." He went on to say that the cops are misusing their powers. The victim also asked the Assam government to ensure that the regulations it enacts are adhered to by everybody, including police officers.
However, Chirang DSP Laba Deka has assured that the situation would be dealt with accordingly. A video of the incident is circulating on social media, showing the journalist being beaten by the police and being put into a police van.