- A News18 Journalist brutally attacked by Assam Police
- Police is denying such incident
The dispute at Assma-Mizoram border between the students’ union and Assam Police took an ugly turn on Saturday when along with the protestors, the journalists were lathi-charged by the Assam Police. One of the journalists that had been served with the unethical action of the Assam Police is, Emmy Ci Lawbei, who works in the North-East region for the News18.
The journo took Facebook to show the agony caused to her because of the inhuman act of the Assam Police. In her post, she wrote,
“Hey ASSAM POLICE
We are Journalists who came to do ground reporting,we were unarmed,our only weapon was camera, pen and notepad,yet you beat us black and blue and you fired shots at us. I am so mad at your ignorance and aggressive behaviour towards us. Stop assaulting Press.
It is high time Assam and Mizoram government settle this dispute and stop spilling bloods. @ Bairabi Hospital”
Emmy did post the pictures that depicted the injuries caused to her by the lathi-charge.
Lawbei described the whole incident on Facebook, what and how happened! She wrote,
“I was travelling from Aizawl at 6 am along with other reporters. All the journalists were ahead of the students. There was some verbal exchange followed by lathicharge. Police started chasing us, beating everyone on the way.”
The statement depicts the brutality of the incident that took place. Lawbei has got serious injuries on her shoulders, arms and back and was immediately rushed to the Bairabi Hospital to get the primary care.
The journalist while speaking the The Quint said that she is very furious now but at least she’s content that the unethical act on her could open the eyes of the administration, so that the safety of the journalists could not be over-shadowed. At the very same time, she is disappointed that the police is denying the fact that journalists were attacked. She said, “A reporter friend of mine was told by the DM of Hailakandi that no journalist was attacked. They are still lying.”
Lawbei described that the the venue of ‘mere protest’ was like the ‘war-zone’. Assam Police was more than brutal, and the lathi-charge resulted into the severe injuries of more than 50 students. She also said that ‘few-bullets’ were fired as well. She later said,
“I strongly condemn the Assam Police for this kind of violence. We kept telling them that we were journalists, but that had no impact on them either.”
Lawbei is recovering now. She post the images of her injuries and unveiled the recovery process. She thanked the people for the support and love showered in her. She wrote,
“Recovering at home.I thank everyone who sent me your love and support,it means the world to me. My family,my colleague friends and even total stranger calling and texting me is truly my support system. This physical wound will heal, but it will be a long emotional recovery. I hope to get back up as soon as possible. Love you all”
The NortheastIndia.Com team wishes Emmy a speedy recovery!
(Image Source: https://www.facebook.com/emmy.lawbei)
(News Input from The Quint)