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Hindu Samhati chief arrested for attacking journalists in Kolkata

IANS  |  Kolkata 

of Hindu Samhati, a hardliner Hindu outfit in West Bengal, and three of its activists were on Wednesday arrested for allegedly attacking journalists at an event on occasion of the organisation's 10th here, a senior police said.

"chief and three other activists have been arrested in the case of assault on in Kolkata on Wednesday evening," of (Crime) said.

Reporters and camera persons of various were allegedly beaten up by the activists present at the meeting, after they tried to talk to the members of a Muslim family who allegedly converted to Hinduism at the event.

Ghosh, also the of Hindu Samhati, was present on stage when the scuffle took place. He was later arrested after being interrogated, police said.

condemned the attack on journalists and said strict action would be taken against the offenders.

"The media has every right to work independently. The way they (Hindu Samhati) attacked and heckled the today is deplorable. I demand strict administrative action against the fringe elements," said.

The state unit of BJP distanced itself from the accused organisation and condemned the attack on media.

"Media is one of the pillars of democracy. They should not be attacked like this. Different organisations can have different philosophy. If they do not like the media's point of view, they can ignore it but such attacks on media is condemnable," said.

Police said they would look into the reports of religious conversion at the event.

"We have heard that there was a case of religious conversion in public at the end of the event. We will investigate the matter," an said.

Formed in 2008, the website describes itself as an NGO that is "the icon of hope to Hindus in West Bengal" and says it regularly monitors and reports violence against Hindus in the state.

The outfit claims to have organisational strength in 12 of the 23 districts and can influence votes in 80 of the 294 Assembly seats of the state.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:20 IST