October 12, 2020 5:15:58 am
Kanker-based journalist Kamal Shukla, who was on a starvation strike in search of motion over the assault on him and two different journalists by a mob allegedly incited by native Congress leaders at a police station on September 26, referred to as off his protest on Sunday after a delegation bearing his calls for met the Governor. Shukla had earlier within the day examined optimistic for Covid-19.
The take a look at was performed on Saturday on the DKS Hospital, the place the journalist was allegedly forcibly hospitalised on October 7, days after he started his starvation strike. “His immunity was compromised and he was assembly folks, so we performed the take a look at,” a district official mentioned.
Shukla had appealed to journalists within the state to march with him to the Governor’s home on Sunday. However, he was declared Covid-positive hours earlier than the march was to start, based on sources near Shukla. His letter was submitted to the Governor by a 10-member delegation, together with a number of journalists. “The Governor has assured the delegation that the case can be duly investigated and the culprits can be punished,” a press release from the Governor’s workplace learn.
In a video message, Shukla referred to as the Covid take a look at a “sham” to maintain him from protesting in opposition to the authorities. However, he later launched a press release calling off the strike and thanking journalists who supported him to “come again stronger and combat”.
“Several senior colleagues and even the honourable Governor have requested that I break the quick. I’ve additionally realised that Gandhian ideas are a blunt instrument in entrance of governments as we speak,” his assertion learn. However, he said that “to combat for fearless and unbiased journalism, it will be important that I reside”.
On Saturday, greater than a fortnight after the assault on Shukla, Jeevananda Haldar and Satish Yadav, the Bastar IG suspended the police station in-charge and likewise formed a three-member SIT led by a sub-inspector from the identical police station to analyze the matter. The resolution got here after a six-member journalists’ panel arrange by the state authorities submitted its report on Saturday. In its report, the panel had advisable addition of costs within the FIR filed by Shukla and Yadav. However, Shukla had criticised the report as a result of he was not contacted by the fact-finding group.
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