‘It Felt Like a War Zone’: Mizo Journo on Duty Attacked By Cops
A journalist, yet again, was subjected to disrespect and gut-wrenching violence at the hands of police.
Emmy C Lawbei, a Mizo journalist with News18, was out on Saturday, 10 March, to cover a students’ protest on the Assam-Mizoram border, when she got brutally thrashed by the Assam police, reported News18.
Lawbei took to Facebook to describe and condemn the police act.
Lawbei sustained serious injuries on her shoulder and back, and was immediately rushed to Bairabi Hospital for primary care.
Speaking to The Quint, she says: "I am very furious at the moment."
Lawbei says that she was beginning to find solace in the fact that her ordeal was at least opening up a dialogue about safety of journalists, however, she was shocked to find out that the police is still trying to deny what happened.
She pointed out that the scene – a mere protest sight – felt "like a war zone." Lawbei says that she kept telling the police over and over that she was a journalist, but they paid no heed to that.
She said that other journalists present at the site were subjected to the same brutality.
Lawbei also shared with The Quint that over 50 students got injured, and some bullets were also fired.
Inspite of the video footage that’s doing the rounds, the Deputy Commissioner of Assam’s Hailakandi District, Adil Khan has denied the charges of police assault on the journalists.
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