Journalist attacked in broad daylight in Lucknow.
In an open attack on a senior journalist Mohd. Zahid Akhtar of Lucknow based Newspaper “Jan Morcha”, 10 anti social elements of Hussainganj area, attacked him and injured him seriously. In an FIR lodged by him he reported that a tea shop owner along with his 10 friends attacked him in broad daylight, injuring him grievously.
About 100 journalist from all newspaper of Lucknow, Barabanki, and nearby areas protested to Commissioner Mr Udai Raj, Lucknow Municipal corporation to remove the unauthorized tea shop, which has been there since 1985, without a proper sanctioned electricity and gas connection. In after the LMC with strong police force removed the illegal shanty , which had been a nuisance for many years in the area. He was also using domestic gas cylinders for commercial use. FIR has been lodged against the tea shanty owner, under various IPC. The shanty had been removed, by LMC, at the time of filing this report, with heavy police bandobast. The owner of the tea shannty had attacked Mr Zahid Akkhtar outside his tea shannty.
Members of various Newspaper associations, like Working Journalist Association, All India Minorities Journalist association, Print Media working Journalist association, and other journalist association, were at the site to protest against the Attack on Mohd. Zahid Akhtar.
The various journalist association has threatened that if the accused is not arrested and proper legal action not taken against the culprits, the a statewide agitation will launched soon. The journalist fraternity is feeling threatened at this attack on its colleague.
Afzal Ali Shah Maududi. Editor