Journalist injured in baton charge

Media Release:


May 2, 2013              



The International Federation of Journalists is

alarmed to learn of a police action in Bolangir district of Orissa state in

eastern India, which seriously injured independent news cameraman Amitabh



According to partners from the Media Unity for

Freedom of the Press (MUFP), a body based in the state capital of Bhubaneswar, on

April 29, Patra was covering a protest by residents of the Dunguripali area in

the district against a dam project that is likely to submerge their lands. The

police contingent deployed at the site, reportedly carried out a baton charge.


Patra along with a number of demonstrators was

chased down by the police and beaten severely. He has sustained serious head

injuries and his TV camera has been smashed beyond repair.


The IFJ joins its partners in Orissa in

demanding that Patra be given best available medical care and that the camera

and other equipment that has been destroyed, be replaced.


The IFJ also calls for the police personnel who

may have used disproportionate force in the incident, to be called to account.




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