Published On : Wed, Jul 11th, 2018

Security guards heckle journalist at GMC


Nagpur: In an outrageous act, security guards of Maharashtra Security Force allegedly misbehaved with a TNI journalist inside Government Medical College (GMC) premises recently.

Krishnadev Soni, who serves in TNI news agency, was in GMC for his routine diabetic check up around 11 am on Monday. However, the security guard named Chandrabhan Moreshiya approached him and arrogantly asked to him to step aside. When Soni asked him to show some respect towards patients, Moreshiya pulled his collar and abused him, Soni told Nagpur Today.

“The security force, assigned by State Government, is there to protect doctors. To manhandle or abuse someone shouldn’t be part of their job. Being a journalist, if they could do this to me, I can’t imagine how they would treat other people,” said Soni.

Snubbed by hospital administration, Soni went to Ajni Police Station for help and filed a case.

PI Shailesh Sankhe of Ajni Police Station told NT that the case falls in NC (non cognizable) complaint category. In such cases the police officer may receive a complaint and register it, but cannot investigate without a magistrate’s order, or make arrests without a warrant. Complainant has to file a private case in court, if he’s not satisfied.

Although this was a small incident but it should work as a wakeup call for the Government to take necessary steps to ensure a situation where the media can discharge its duties without any fear of violence.