Republic TV Reporters Held For ‘Trespass’ At Uddhav Thackeray’s Farmhouse; Channel Calls it ‘Right to Report’

Three persons which includes two journalists of Republic Media Network were arrested on Wednesday.

As per allegations arrested media persons tried trespassing Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Farmhouse at Khalapur in Raigad district.

Media Journalists slammed the police on Right to Report, Republic TV said, “Reporter Anuj Kumar, video journalist Yashpaljit Singh and Ola cab driver Pradeep Dilip Dhanavade have been taken into illegal police custody by the Maharashtra Police”.

Channel clarified that Reporters were doing their assigned investigative work by taking Journalist lead in the following case.

In a statement issued by Raigad Police on Wednesday mentioned that three suspicious persons entered without permission inside the premises on Tuesday at around 7:30 pm. Three persons were handled manually by the security guards.

The three were booked under IPC Sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint); 448 (punishment for house-trespass); 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt); 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace); 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention). The case is filed in Khalapur and remanded in police custody untill September 14.

“The team was apprehended and thrown into jail for four days after making an enquiry with a security guard of a certain residence. We are shocked that the Republic team was denied any legal representation before being sent to four days of custody,” Republic TV said.

The case was filed by the security guard in this case, who was present at that time on duty. He told that three men asked him directions of Uddhav Thackeray’s Farmhouse while sitting in a car.

“The sequence of events, the nature of action and the motivated attempt to silence our reporters who pursue investigative stories reeks of vindictive, malicious and vengeful action by the Maharashtra government…Republic Media Network firmly stands by its team and will take every legal recourse available to fight for justice. We will raise this at every forum and campaign till justice is done,” the network said.

State Government called it a “a horrendous Overreach” and called it a pressure on media person to reveal story, leads and sources. But Republic TV called it “Right to Report”.