It’s alleged that journalists
have been implicated with cooked up cases as the inspector in charge of Bhuban had
a grudge to settle against reporters who exposed the nexus between the police
and unsocial elements.
Mishra assured the delegates that the matter shall certainly be looked into and
freedom of press shall not be allowed to be gagged.
A memorandum that explained the whole story of Bhuban police implicating four local media persons in false case was handed over by
MUFP delegation to DGP Mishra. The memorandum was supported with copies
of published news items where police inaction in arresting certain
miscreants, despite complaints of offences against peace and
tranquillity, was brought to public notice. MUFP delegation believed
that the Bhubann Police had a grudge to settle against the media persons
because of the said reports.
It further said, as said in a release, that MUFP was informed about the
case of misappropriation of a large sum of money granted from MPLAD fund
for renovation of a local playground by a group of miscreants which the
local Press had stumbled upon. And, to pre-empt media exposure, the
police implicated the journalists with false cases as part of its
attempt to intimidate media persons.
appealed the DGP to ensure appropriate and fair investigation into the
whole matter in order to protect freedom of expression and a free press
in the state of Odisha.