On 16 October, Delhi Police assaulted The Caravan’s staffer Ahan Penkar while he was reporting in North Delhi. ACP Ajay Kumar kicked & slapped him inside the Model Town station premises. Penkar has sustained injuries on his nose, his shoulder, his back and his ankle. He repeatedly told the police that he was a journalist and prominently displayed his press ID. The police forcibly took his phone from him and then deleted all the videos he had recorded while reporting. Penkar was detained for nearly four hours.
Penkar was reporting on a protest concerning the alleged rape and murder of a Dalit teenager in North Delhi. Students and activists had gathered outside the Model Town police station to demand the registration of an FIR in the case. Penkar has filed a complaint to SN Shrivastava, Delhi’s commissioner of police, regarding the assault on him.
The Delhi Union of Journalists has released a statement condemning the attack and demanding immediate action. The statement is reproduced below. Read The Caravan’s report on the attack here.
DUJ Condemns Police Beating of Caravan Journalist
The Delhi Union of Journalists is shocked at the detention of young Caravan reporter Ahan Penkar and the severe beating he received in the Model Town police station for covering a rape and murder case. Penkar has injuries on his nose, shoulder, back and ankle, The Caravan has stated. A written complaint has been filed with the Police Commissioner.