Attack at Patiala House court: Indian Express journalists recount the assault

Attack at Patiala House court: Indian Express journalists recount the assault

Indian Express journalists Alok Singh and Kaunain Sheriff were attacked at the Patiala House court on Monday afternoon. Express Photo

Two Indian Express journalists – Alok Singh andKaunain Sheriff – who were covering the sedition case against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Singh were assaulted by a group of lawyers at the Patiala House court complex on Monday afternoon.

The two were questioned as to what they were doing inside court and why they were reporting about ‘anti-nationals’.

They share what happened that afternoon.

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‘Desh ke gaddaar, they shouted, went for my head’ – Alok Singh The attack on students, most of them from JNU, and journalists had started when I entered the Patiala House Courts complex around 2.30 pm on Monday afternoon. I had passed through the security gate and picked up my bag from the scanning machine when I spotted some men dressed in black coats worn by lawyers beating a young man wearing casual clothes. As they rained blows on him, they called him an “anti-national”. “Yeh Bharat ke against bol raha tha (He was speaking against India),” they said, as one of them held on the man’s muffler to stop him from escaping. I could see police in the background, but they did nothing.

“Where are you from? Where are you from? Who are you?” they shouted. “Bhaisaab, I am not from JNU,” he replied. “Show us your identity card,” replied one from the group. It was then that I heard more shouting from behind. There, another man was being assaulted by men who were shouting, “This one too…this one too.” Apparently, they were targeting anyone “dressed like a JNU student”. I took out my mobile phone to inform my colleagues at The Indian Express about the situation. But then, another man dressed like a lawyer appeared seemingly out of nowhere and snatched the phone.

“Where are you from? Where are you from? Who are you?” they shouted. “Bhaisaab, I am not from JNU,” he replied. “Show us your identity card,” replied one from the group. It was then that I heard more shouting from behind. There, another man was being assaulted by men who were shouting, “This one too…this one too.” Apparently, they were targeting anyone “dressed like a JNU student”. I took out my mobile phone to inform my colleagues at The Indian Express about the situation. But then, another man dressed like a lawyer appeared seemingly out of nowhere and snatched the phone.

 

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