The Chandigarh Press Club condemns the Chandigarh Police for the unlawful detention of club member and Journalist Rishu Raj Singh on Monday night, while he was performing his official duty. He was covering a protest against the power cut in Maloya.
Rishu Raj was carrying the office identity card and UT Administration accreditation card, but despite showing of the valid IDs, the police officials misbehaved with and pushed him into a vehicle and took him to police station. At the police station, the cops took away his mobile phone and also the ID cards. He was let off after the intervention of senior journalists after nearly 45 minutes.
Rajinder Singh Nagarkoti, Secretary-General of Chandigarh Press Club, said in a statement that the club condemns the action of the police officials concerned and will take up the matter with the UT Administrator and DGP so that strict action can be taken against the guilty police officials and directions be issued that no such incidence would take place in future.
As journalists, we respect all the concerned departments who are contributing in the fight against COVID-19, but at the same time, the police and the administration should also realise that the media is also working for the society in fight against the pandemic, he stated.