Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday condemned the alleged attack on a journalist covering protests which erupted after the killing of a student at Gurgaon’s Ryan International School. “It is unfortunate, shouldn’t have happened. Directing action against policemen responsible for it,” Khattar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “Always supported media’s freedom of speech. Medical treatment will be given to injured journalists and losses will be compensated,” Khattar added. The Haryana chief minister further said that probe in the murder of seven year boy will be completed within seven days and those found guilty will be punished.
Earlier in the day, ANI journalists Naveen Yadav and Vinod Kumar had sustained injuries during the baton charge ordered by the police on the protesters. Angry parents and locals gathered there were protesting outside school premises since early morning to express dissatisfaction over the investigation being carried out by the Gurgaon Police.
The protests had erupted after the killing of seven-year-old Pradyuman, a student of Class II, who was allegedly killed by a school bus conductor. Hundreds of angry parents had staged the protest and made various demands, which the Haryana government expressed willingness to accept. The protesters even set ablaze a liquor shop situated just 50 metres from the school, and threw liquor bottles inside school premises.
“The Gurgaon Police had to use mild lathicharge to disperse the agitators. The police detained over 20 protesters found agitating outside the school,” said Ravinder Kumar, PRO of Gurgaon Police was quoted as saying by PTI. However, Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar denied the charges of media persons being targeted by the cops. “As per my knowledge, a fair warning was given to clear the place and nobody was targeted. However, if any media person has been injured, then I express my regret and we will analyse the entire episode. But there was no intention to target anyone,” Khirwar said.