This journalist filmed being pummelled says his attackers were plainclothes cops and that officers peed in his mouth after taking him to the police station.
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Two cops have reportedly been suspended amid the victim’s claims in local media that he was assaulted by Railway Police personnel in civilian clothing while covering a train derailment story.
The alleged beating took place in the district of Shamli in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh while journalist Amit Sharma was reporting on a train derailment near Dhimanpura.
He claims that members of the Government Railway Police (GRP) beat him up and took his camera.
Sharma said: “I was locked up, stripped and they urinated right into my mouth.”
According to local media, several other journalists went to Sharma’s aid when they learned about the incident and filmed part of the alleged beating.
In the clip, a man in a white shirt is seen hitting the journalist – who local media say is a stringer for the News24 TV channel.
Fellow journalists also went to the police station to confront senior officers, according to reports.
Sharma was later released, although it is unclear if he was charged with anything.
Meanwhile, the local authorities confirmed that they are investigating the matter and have already suspended two officers.
Police said on social media: “We have come across a video where a journalist has been beaten up and put up in a lock up.”
The post named station house officer Rakesh Kumar and GRP constable Sanjay Pawar as the two suspended officials.
The investigation is ongoing.
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