In Photo: ABP Ananda injured reporter Aritrik Bhattacharya before he was admitted to a nursing home on Saturday afternoon.
Kolkata, 03 October: AT LEAST 11 television journalists have been injured and three of them are now hospitalised after miscreants allegedly backed by the Trinamool Congress attacked media persons while they were reporting the unabated rigging and violence in the civic polls in Salt Lake near Kolkata on Saturday.
A woman TV reporter has also alleged that miscreants threatened her of rape if she did not stop the poll reporting at once.
Protesting the attack on journalists and the rigging, Bengal BJP leaders led by state unit president Rahul Sinha have resorted to a sit-in in front of the chamber of state election commissioner Sushanta Ranjan Upadhaaya’s chamber at Rawdon Street in the city.
Bengali TV news channel ABP Ananda’s young reporter Artirik Bhattacharya and cameraperson Parthasarathi Chakraborty were severely beaten up at FD Block in Salt Lake. The two were reporting false voting by some TMC women cadres in a polling booth there since morning.
Miscreants snatched their video camera and when the journalists chased the snatchers to recover the camera, the goons turned back hitting Artirik and Parthasarathi black and blue.
Aritrik was left bleeding from the nose, while Parthasarathi fell on the ground and remained senseless for a while before he was helped with water and by local residents. The two are now admitted to a private nursing home at E M Bypass in the city.
In another incident at ward 33 in Salt Lake, a team of three journalists from 24 Ghanta ~ Debarati Ghosh, Bikram Das and cameraman Mintu Basak were attacked as they went on recording massive false voting in a polling booth. Miscreants attacked hit Basak with a lathi, leaving him bleeding from the head. He is admitted to the Bidhannagar district hospital.
Ghosh alleged that the goons threatened to rape her if she did not move out of the area at once along with her second colleague, even as the police remained a mute spectator.
Another journalist of ABP Ananda Prakash Sinha was beaten up in a booth at ward 41 in Salt Lake when he went there hearing false voting.
Two journalists of Kolkata TV ~ Sarmina Begum and Tanmay Duttabiswas were attacked by another gang of miscreants near the house of CPM leader and civic poll candidate Ramala Chakraborty.
Three journalists of Newstime TV channel ~ Arka Dey, Dipankar Jana and Rajamay Banerjee faced similar hooliganism while they were reporting from different areas in Salt Lake. Their injury however, is not hospitable.
Till 1 pm, the voter turnout at Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) is 38 per cent, Bally 43.7 per cent, Asansol 47 per cent and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad 43 per cent.