OTV journalist attacked by KIIT goons: No arrests made even after 24 hours

Bhubaneswar: Even after 24 hours of the assault and attack on OTV team by some goons in the guise of security guards deployed by KIIT (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology) authorities, police is yet to act against the culprits even though a complaint was filed with Infocity police station in connection with the incident yesterday.

While the case was registered under IPC(Indian Penal Code)341, 323 and 34, an investigation is currently underway, police said.

When contacted on what still prevents Commissionerate Police to act on the FIR, Odisha DGP dodged the question and advised to contact Bhubaneswar DCP.

The security guards and some goons had attacked OTV team in presence of police on Saturday when they were covering news on allegations of land grab by the KIIT authorities.

Police had earlier detained complainant & land owner Chandradhwaja Sahoo who has been alleging that KIIT authorities are illegally constructing a multi-storey building on his land.

The attack on media, however, has been condemned by people across the State.

“I personally think that OTV journalists always try to report the truth and I strongly condemn the attack that took place yesterday in presence of the police,” said senior journalist from Debgarh, Atulya Pujari.

Similarly senior journalist from Jharsuguda, Mehboob Mahtab, said,”The assault on OTV journalist is condemnable. If a journalist from Bhubaneswar can be subjected to such an attack how can the journalist reporting from remote and rural areas in the state feel safe?”

“This raises serious question on the security of working journalists. I personally and on behalf of Jharsuguda press club demand for unbiased and high-level investigation into the case,” he added.

Sankar Prasad Mishra, a senior journalist from Bolangir, also condemned the incident and said, “It is the ultimate right of journalists to report about incidents where truth needs to come out. The attack on OTV journalist is an attempt to muzzle the voice of journalists who form the 4th pillar of democracy.”