Journalist from Uttar Pradesh bashed up by MNSOctober 30th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Oct 30 (IANS) A senior journalist from Uttar Pradesh was Thursday brutally beaten by supporters of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) here, police said, a day after a young man from the state died after being thrashed in a suburban train. Dinanath Tiwari, 45, who works for the Nirbhay Pathik tabloid, had gone to Kurar village in the eastern suburb of Malad just after midnight to report on MNS workers abusing and attacking a settlement of people from north India.
When they saw him taking photographs, about 15 MNS activists, including the area’s municipal corporator Vanita Ghag, assaulted Tiwari, an eyewitness said.
Tiwari was rushed to the Bhagwati Hospital with injuries to the ear and some fractures. Doctors described his condition as ’stable’.
Tiwari, who belongs to Jaunpur and has worked for Mumbai’s first Hindi evening paper for 10 years, was dragged by MNS activists inside the police outpost and beaten up, said the newspaper editor A.K. Mishra. The police denied the allegation.
A police official in Kurar said complaints had been registered against the corporator, Ghag, and 14 MNS activists. They have been charged with assault, rioting and causing grievous injury.
This is the second attack on north Indians in three days in and around Mumbai.
On Tuesday, Dharamdev Ramnarain Rai, was beaten in a running suburban train to Mumbai following a dispute over occupying a window seat in the train. He died soon after.
A day before that, on Monday, a Bihari unemployed youth Rahul Raj was gunned down by the police after he allegedly attempted to hijack a BEST public bus with 25 passengers on board.
The series of attacks on north Indians started Oct 19 when workers of MNS and Shiv Sena attacked scores of men from north India appearing for railway recruitment examinations in different parts of Maharashtra.