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Journalist assault row: Mediapersons gherao Delhi Police HQs

Journalist assault row: Mediapersons gherao Delhi Police HQs

In the presser, he also expressed an apology to the media persons for the brutality of female police officers who beat up a female journalist who was covering the JNU protest.

Protesting students claimed that the "attack" by the police was "unprovoked", with a woman journalist alleging that a man in uniform molested her and asked her to vacate the place.

The police said in a statement: "Yesterday's incident was a very unfortunate one".

A large number of JNU students and teachers were on Friday stopped from marching to the Parliament Complex over various demands, including academic freedom, with police resorting to lathi charge and use of water cannons. "Our intention wasn't to obstruct the media from doing its job", said DCP and Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma in a statement. Our deepest apologies to the media.

"Delhi Police and I personally have always maintained that the media is an integral part of our democracy". She too has lodged a complaint with the police.

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The Delhi Police addressed the complaint through tweets, "During protest by JNU students, a section of the students became aggressive and tried to push down police barricades".

He said when the protesters were being sided, the officials on duty accidentally caught hold of photojournalist Anushree Fadnavis. "We took up the matter with the Dean but it was not a written complaint and the matter was not considered serious", an accuser added.

The Delhi Police has apologised to the media for the manhandling of a woman journalist who was covering the JNU protests on Friday.

The National Commission for Women on Saturday ordered a probe into the alleged manhandling of JNU students and the woman journalist. The students demanded that they should be arrested. I would request all of you to call off the protest at 3 today.