Hyderabad: Congress leader Feroz Khan has been booked for attack on ANI journalist during the candle light rally held on Thursday evening. Saifabad Police arrested Khan on Friday, based on a complaint filed by the journalist.
The Telangana Congress party, in support of Hathras rape victim and as a revolt against the arrest of their party leader Rahul Gandhi, held a candle-light protest on Tank bund on 1st October. Hundreds of party workers led by TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy and other senior leaders were detained on prevention measures and later released.
However what sparked a controversy was Feroz Khan's attack on an ANI journalist during the march. Speaking to NewsMeter, Saifabad Inspector, T Chanchala Babu said, " The complaint while he was on duty covering the rally, was pushed by Feroz Khan. The congress leader used un-parliamentary words despite the journalist revealing his identity. Following his rude behavior the ANI reporter complained to TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy. On knowing about the complaint, Feroz Khan and his followers attacked him".
#Congress brutality on media, @ANI reporter brutally thrashed by @INCTelangana leaders led by Feroz Khan in the presence of #TPCC Chief @UttamTPCC and all senior leaders at Ambedkar statue During @INCIndia Coverage #Hyderabad today@manickamtagore @RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi pic.twitter.com/y2kvslJkss— Pramod Chaturvedi (ANI) 🇮🇳 (@PramodChturvedi) October 1, 2020
#Congress brutality on media, @ANI reporter brutally thrashed by @INCTelangana leaders led by Feroz Khan in the presence of #TPCC Chief @UttamTPCC and all senior leaders at Ambedkar statue During @INCIndia Coverage #Hyderabad today@manickamtagore @RahulGandhi @priyankagandhi pic.twitter.com/y2kvslJkss
— Pramod Chaturvedi (ANI) 🇮🇳 (@PramodChturvedi) October 1, 2020
The act was captured on camera, the close aides of Feroz Khan were seen hurling abuses. They pulled his collar, kicked him and threw the ANI mick on the road.
It is pertinent to note that TPCC president did not pay much heed to the incident, despite a complaint by the journalist.
The Congress leader has been booked under sections 147, 353, 341, 232, 504, 506, 427, r/w 149 of the Indian Penal Code. Latter he was issued a notice and relived. " A day after the incident , Feroz khan was arrested and referred to the Government Hospital for mental care examination. He was produced before the Magistrate and relived with a notice" the inspector added.