In a shocking incident, 46-year-old news photographer Biplab Mandal was stripped for reportedly trying to click a picture of Trinamool Congress activists capturing the South 24-Parganas district magistrate’s office in Kolkata so as to prevent Opposition candidates from filing nominations for the upcoming panchayat polls. Several other journalists were also beaten up.
South 24-Parganas adjoins Kolkata and its district headquarters is located in the city’s posh locality of Alipore, a stone’s throw from State Police headquarters and a few hundred metres from the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence. It is also in close vicinity of three top security jail. Media personnel in Kolkatta organised a silent march in protest against the incident, which reportedly took place on Monday. They demanded safety and security of journalists covering the polls. In the last one week, there have been numerous reports of attacks on journalists from many districts in Bengal.