New Delhi: A journalist with JK 24X7 news received a bullet injury and two reporters from NDTV were beaten and punched by rioters in northeast Delhi, which was wracked by fresh violence on Tuesday. Akash sustained a bullet injury while covering the communal clashes in Maujpur locality and is in hospital where his condition is serious, said a tweet from JK 24X7 channel.
NDTV said its journalist Arvind Gunasekar was hit by rioters while he was at one of the spots in northeast Delhi and lost three tooth. His fellow reporter, Saurabh, who tried to shield him, was punched, the news channel said. On Monday, another of the channel's reporter Mariyam Alavi and cameraperson Sushil Rathee were also attacked.
Many other journalists shared on social media accounts of how they were heckled and some alleged they were questioned about their religious identity.
NDTV's Sreenivasan Jain tweeted about the mob's hostility to the media.
Just back from the Maujpur-Babarpur metro junction with my colleague @MariyamAlavi and cameraperson Sushil Rathi. It's one of the many flashpoints of the riots. Very volatile, very tense, pitched battles between rioters. Acute hostility to media by both sides. 1/n— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) February 25, 2020
On Monday, too, reporters had a tough time covering the violence with many of them threatened and heckled.
The death toll in the violence in northeast Delhi has climbed to nine, according to GTB hospital authorities....