Freelance journalist Mandeep Punia ‘arrested’ from Singhu border

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Mandeep Punia, who contributes for ‘The Caravan’ magazine hails from Kudhan village while Dharmender works for ‘Online News India’- news portal, hails from Ahiri village. Both are from Jhajjar district. Mandeep was produced before the magistrate and was sent to judicial custody from there.

Sat Singh

Two freelance journalists hailing from Haryana covering ‘Kisan Andolan’ for the last 65 days have been picked up by Delhi police from Singhu border on Saturday evening.

Mandeep Punia, who contributes for ‘The Caravan’ magazine hails from Kudhan village while Dharmender works for ‘Online News India’- news portal, hails from Ahiri village. Both are from Jhajjar district. Mandeep was produced before the magistrate and was sent to judicial custody from there.

According to FIR registered at Alipur police station, Mandeep Punia booked under sections 186 (obstruction public servant), 353 (assaulting a public servant) of Indian Penal Code at Alipur police station in Delhi. Dharmender Singh was released on Sunday morning after a written undertaking that he would not speak to the media on this issue.

As per FIR, Delhi police and other security forces had laid barricades to maintain law and order situation at Singhu border after clashes between ‘locals’ and farmers.

A group of volunteers from farmers side who were enraged over setting up of barricades had come to remove the barricades and allegedly started roughing up cops on duty. Police overpowered Mandeep Punia and a case was registered against him.

However, one of the eyewitnesses told the media that Mandeep was on assignment in ‘Kisan Andolan’ and was recording the issues locals were facing due to barricades set up by Delhi police. Police picked duo journalists by pulling them from cloth. A video of the incident had gone viral when Mandeep Punia was picked up by manhandling him.

Lila Shree, wife of Mandeep Punia said that she was shocked after finding that her husband had been arrested by security forces for doing his duty. Meanwhile, several journalists had joined hands to raise voice for duo journalists.

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