A journalist of an Urdu news website Safdar Khaiser, was assaulted in full public view and in front of the police by the members of pro-Hindu organisations, during the protest rally staged by the Hindu Jagaran Samiti, near Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple in Mysuru on Thursday.
Khaiser, editor of Kausar News 24×7 was thrashed for covering the event and recording the speech of Hindu Jagaran Samiti’s Jagadish Karanth. The incensed protestors took objections to recoding the speech. The visuals of the incident show the group members manhandling Khaiser and demanding him to delete the video. The 49-year-old was assaulted with sticks in the presence of the police.
The journalist was rescued by the police and was taken to a room near the temple where scores of Hindutva activists had gathered to stage a protest against the recent demolition of a temple at Hucchagani village in Nanjangud taluk of Mysuru, as part of the drive against unauthorized religious structures by authorities following a direction from the Supreme Court.
Mysore District journalist Association (MDJA) condemned the incident and wrote to the city police commissioner Dr Chandragupta demanding action against the culprits. Khaiser has lodged a complaint at Deveraja Police Station.