Caravan magazine alleged that police arrested and assaulted their reporter while reporting on a protest in the model city of North Delhi, but police denied the accusation and claimed they acted within the law.
In a tweet, the magazine alleged that police forcefully took the phone of journalist Ahan Penkar, 24, and then deleted all the videos he recorded during his reporting.
The journalist was detained for almost four hours. He also suffered injuries to his nose, shoulder, back and ankle, according to the magazine, adding that he had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner.
Police, however, refuted the allegation, calling it “false.” He said the allegation was made only to make the situation worse.
He claimed the reporter was among the protesters who were arrested for violating coronavirus restrictions and was later released.
Police action is in good faith and in accordance with the law, he said.
Police also said they sent a notice to the reporter for his statement and questioning in connection with the case.
Police said a case of suspected suicide by a young girl working as a maid in the home of a 74-year-old widow was reported on October 4 at Model Town Police Station.
An investigative procedure was carried out and the autopsy was performed on October 8 by a board of doctors from Safdarjung hospital and the conclusions are that the death occurred due to asphyxiation.
The body was cremated by family members at the Wazirpur cremation ground on October 8.
“On Friday, some protesters staged a protest outside Model Town Police Station to put undue pressure on the police and attempted to give the incident a different narrative. Despite the explanation of the facts and repeated warnings to disperse , a few people were adamant.
“They flouted the DDMA guidelines issued in the aftermath of the epidemic,” Deputy Police Commissioner (Northwest) Vijayanta Arya said.