Ghaziabad, December 10
The Ghaziabad Police has arrested two people in connection with the attack on a Press Trust of India (PTI) photojournalist and his fiancée in the district two days ago.
Ravi Choudhary and his fiancée were on a motorcycle passing through the Ganga Canal Road in Muradnagar police station area when some miscreants in an SUV had picked up a fight with the couple on Monday.
The local police had initially refused to lodge an FIR in the case but later assured action in the matter, according to Chaudhary, whose photograph of a policeman hitting a protesting farmer with a baton recently got widespread attention.
“The accused were arrested on Wednesday on a road leading from the Ganga Canal to Niwari. Those held are being sent to jail while a search is on for the other accused in the case,” Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said.
“Those held have been identified as Ankit (21) and Nikki Singh (22), both students and natives of Meerut district in western UP,” Naithani said.
The police have also impounded the Bolero used in the incident by the accused.
“The vehicle used by them was sold and purchased four or five times earlier and that is why it took the police a little time in confirming its history and tracking it down,” Naithani told PTI.
“The vehicle bore a sticker of ‘Bharat Sarkar’ and hence an additional charge of fraud had been added in the case against the accused,” he added.
The FIR has been lodged under Indian Penal Code sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), and section 420 (fraud) added, the police said.
“An FIR was lodged in the case on Tuesday itself. In a swift action by the police, two accused have been arrested and the Bolero car used in the incident impounded. Further legal proceedings are underway,” the Ghaziabad police said in a Tweet earlier.
According to Choudhary, the incident had taken place on a congested stretch of the Ganga Canal Road.
The Bolero’s driver had stopped him from riding past his vehicle and hurled abuses at him and his fiancée. When Choudhary objected to this, the driver opened his vehicle’s door wide to stop him from moving ahead.
Three or four men then got out of the vehicle and started thrashing them while a couple of others remained inside the car, the PTI photojournalist said.
Choudhary alleged that he and his fiancee were briefly chased by the Bolero when they managed to ride away from the spot. PTI