Journalists’ body flays atrocity on scribe by ruling party MLA
Demands strong action, threatens Assembly gherao
BHUBANESWAR, MARCH 15: (By.Prasant Ku.Bhuyan) Odisha Union of Journalists on Wednesday strongly condemned the police atrocity on photo-journalist Subhendu Kanungo allegedly at the instance of the ruling BJD MLA from Kantabanji, – Ayub Khan.Journalist Kanungo was on March 6 lifted from Bhubaneswar by Kantabanji police from his Sailashree Vihar area on the charge of showing “misbehavior” to the MLA during a telephonic conversation on February 14, 2017.What is quite shocking and even surprising is that when the Kantabanji police took Kanungo to his custody from Bhubaneswar, – neither his parents nor any relatives were informed about it which is a clear violation of a standing Supreme Court ruling.His employer Prayabekhyak, a leading Odia daily, was also not informed about his arrest.“As per Supreme Court ruling, parents and relatives of the person arrested must be informed by the police immediately. However, in the present instance, this procedure was not followed. Worse still, journalist Kanungo, who is suffering from multiple ailments, was taken in a private vehicle provided by Ayub Khan to Kantabanji. Until he reached Kantabanji police station, he was not informed about the reason of his arrest. This is again a violation of an individual’s fundamental rights,” alleged Odisha Union of Journalists president Prasanna Mohanty.Stating that the whole arrest of Subhendu Kanungo smacked of a deep-rooted conspiracy to suppress the journalists, – OUJ president Mr Mohanty demanded a high-level probe into the incident.The OUJ president said the organization would draw the attention of the Press Council of India, National Human Rights Commission and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the issue seeking justice for the aggrieved journalist.“We will knock the door of every available avenues seeking justice for journalist Subhendu Kanugo who was treated by the police like a professional criminal. Unless nothing is done in seven days, journalists across the state will observe black day and, if required, – we would gherao the Odisha Legislative Assembly,” cautioned Mr Mohanty.Among others, Paryabekhyak editor Pabitra Mohan Samantaray, advocate Subrat Kumar Nanda, social worker and RTI activist Basanta Padhiari senior journalists Kishore Mangaraj, Akshaya Sahoo and Parthasarathi Jena were present.