A Journalist was beaten up by the brother of a sitting Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA for an ‘unfavourable’ write-up in a busy market place in broad daylight on the streets of Chirala, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. The write up of the journalist highlighted alleged corrupt activities that were undertaken by the MLA. The journalist was thrashed with sticks, other weapons and he cried for help even as passer-by watched helplessly. According to News 18 reports, The MLA defended the Journalist’s beating and said, “This is not a goondaraj, he used abusive language. Nagarjuna is not a journalist, he is Sudo Naxal.”
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The journalist, Nagarjana suffered severe injuries on his head and legs and was rushed to the nearest government hospital. Only a 5-year-old came to the journo’s aide while others watched him bleed.