Journalist pays the price for reporting about MLA in AP
M Nagarjuna Reddy, a senior journalist, had recently reported that TD MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan and his brother took loans under a special scheme for financially weak people and refused to repay them
A journalist in Andhra Pradesh has been hospitalised in a critical state after the brother of a lawmaker beat him up in the town of Chirala in Vijayawada; the attack was filmed as a crowd watched.
M Nagarjuna Reddy, a senior journalist, had recently reported that TD MLA Amanchi Krishna Mohan and his brother took loans under a special scheme for financially weak people and refused to repay them, according to a report in NDTV. Krishna Mohan rubbished the claims and said the charges made by the journalist were baseless.
The New Indian Express reported that the lawmaker's brother and a group of others then caught the journalist in the heart of town when he was on his way to a shop with his son and beat him with sticks.
Reddy, who suffered severe injuries on his head and legs, was rushed to the nearest government hospital. After first aid, he was shifted to a private hospital in Guntur for better treatment. His condition is said to be critical.
The MLA's brother, Amanchi Swamulu, has accused the reporter of violating the strict SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which aims at punishing any crime that targets traditionally weaker castes. Instead of arresting the attacker, a police case against the reporter has been filed, a report said, which accuses Reddy of making casteist remarks against the legislator's brother.