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Kendrapara: In a bizarre turn of events, a group of local journalists in the district locked up 5 MLAs while protesting the brutality against a web-reporter by a woman policeman, on Thursday.

The incident occurred during the protests near the District Collector’s office.

As per reports, as many as five MLAs were present inside the Collector’s office when a group of journalists staged an impromptu protest just outside the building. Incidentally, Dhruba Charan Sahu was among the five legislators.

a zest to demand justice from the district administration, the journos allegedly locked the main gate of the Collector’s office and denied exit to the MLAs. It was only after the administration assured the protestors of adequate action against the woman police constable that the MLAs were allowed to go.

According to reports, some leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party including Bibhu Prasad Tarai had staged a protest in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) on Wednesday. A journalist, Bhimsen Sethi, from a web-portal went to the spot to cover the news.

Soon after, a woman constable, who was deployed on law and order duty at the place, started an argument with Sethi. This was because Sethi had clicked some photographs of the police woman without a mask and made those viral.

Following some heated exchange of words, the police woman allegedly hurled abuses at the journo before thrashing him. The video of the entire incident went viral on social media in no time.

"I was covering the BJP protest on Wednesday when I found the on-duty lady constable without a face mask. I clicked her picture and uploaded it on social media," said Sethi.

"However, the constable went wild and thrashed me in front of other police officials and political leaders. I demand her immediate suspension and apology," Sethi demanded.

Meanwhile, commenting on the incident, Pattamundai MLA, Dhruba Charan Sahu said, "That was an unfortunate incident. Any vindictive action against journalist does not augur well for a vibrant democracy like India."

"I have already spoken with the administration, such incidents should have never happened," he added.