//Journalist alleges assault

Journalist alleges assault

Assailants attack Asianet team too

Nov 22, The Hindu ,

THRISSUR: U. Pradeep, Kairali TV reporter here, was allegedly assaulted by a group of people on Tuesday when he had gone to record an interview with E.S. Sankaran Namboodiri of Thekke Eravimangalath Mana at Chiyyaram, near Korkkenchery, on the outskirts of the city, says a complaint.

According to the complaint given by Mr. Pradeep to Superintendent of Police T. Chandran, the assailants also attacked his crew members, including the cameraman, as well as the reporting team of Asianet television channel.

He complained that the assailants had snatched the cameras from his crew members and the Asianet team, and took them to the nearby Chiyyaram Mudappilavu temple. The assailants threatened to kill him if he telecast any report based on the interview.

Earlier, at a press conference, Mr. Namboodiri, priest of the temple, had criticised Cochin Devaswom Board President M.A. Krishnanunni and defended the recent statement of Minister of Devaswoms G. Sudhakaran against the latter.

The district-level office-bearers of the KUWJ demanded that the police take action against the guilty.