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‘RIGHT TO REPORT’ UNDER THREAT IN WEST BENGAL?

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JAN KI BAAT’S REPORTERS ATTACKED IN BENGAL

‘RIGHT TO REPORT’ UNDER THREAT IN WEST BENGAL?

ASSAULTED BY HOSPITAL STAFF FOR REPORTING DEATH OF ‘SWASTHYA SATHI’ CARD HOLDER?

AMAN & AVIK WERE RECORDING FAMILY’S VERSION ON THEIR PHONES WHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED

WEST BENGAL POLICE INACTION CAUGHT ON CAMERA

DECEASED’S FAMILY STANDS FIRMLY WITH JAN KI BAAT’S BRAVE REPORTERS

A shocking and a bone chilling depiction of raw horror descended in Durgapur’s Mission Hospital when our colleagues at JAN KI BAAT, Aman Verma and Avik Bhattacharya were beaten up mercilessly by hospital staff for reporting a case of alleged negligence that led to a person’s death. The young reporters who were recording the account of the deceased’s family on their phones, were first manhandled and then brutally attacked. Reporter Aman Verma’s phone was snatched and data analyst Avik was thrashed, all this took place in front of the police who chose to do nothing.

 

Aman, Avik & Kritarth who were at the hospital were told by the deceased’s family at the Mission Hospital that despite showing the ‘Swasthya Sathi’ card, the critical patient was denied to proper treatment last night. He died this morning following a cardiac arrest. Aman, who was recording the family’s version on his phone was first attacked by hospital staff, following which his phone was snatched away. Avik was then beaten, he sustained injuries post the attack.

 

 

The intrepid reporters continued reporting, showed the reality on the ground, took sound bytes of family members and also confronted the police on its sickening inaction. In videos that have gone viral on social media, the deceased man’s family is seen supporting Team JAN KI BAAT through and through. Watch the video here.

 

Despite the furore, police did nothing to protect our reporters. Infact a second attack also took place where the team was attacked with stones. We are gathering from our sources that members of the top management in the hospital are linked to local TMC leaders. While we are confirm the veracity of the source based information, this shocking attack should be a wake up call for the adminstration under the TMC govt in West Bengal

 

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Sombir Sharma
Sombir Sharma - Journalist

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