Two journalists covering the farmer’s protest at Delhi’s Singhu border were detained on Saturday night. According to the reports, the duo was arrested for misbehaving with police personnel at the protest site.
The detained journalists were identified as Mandeep Punia and Dharmendra Singh. However, Singh was released after he showed his media card, while Punia was held overnight at the Samaypur Badli Police Station.
Mandeep Punia, a freelance journalist and writer at Caravan magazine, was detained while he was on his duty for covering the clashes that broke out at Singhu on Friday. Dharmender Singh is a journalist from Online News India.
Punia was presented before a magistrate at the Tihar Court Complex this morning, after being charged under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The detention of the two journalists came a day after the Delhi Police filed case against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and others for provoking the protesters by using false information through the social media.
In a FIR (first information report) filed in Delhi on Saturday, the police said Lok Sabha MP Tharoor and the other misled people over the death of a protester in the ITO area. Other journalists named in that FIR are Mrinal Pande, Paresh Nath, Anant Nath and Vinod K Jose.
According to the police, Tharoor posted fake, misleading and wrong information regarding unfortunate death of the tractor driver in accident to instigate violence among protestors.
Police said they tried to imply that the death of the farmer was caused by the violence committed by the Delhi Police under directions of the central government. Such insensitive statements are prejudicial to national integration in this sensitive situation. Such messages are forwarded several times causing false narrative and making citizenry ill informed.
The police have filed nearly 40 cases and arrested 84 people since then.