Journalist Mandeep Punia remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

Mandeep Punia

Journalist Mandeep Punia who was manhandled and detained by Delhi Police on Saturday night while reporting ongoing farmers’ agitation, was remanded to judicial custody till February 14 by a court here.

The freelance journalist and Caravan contributor Punia was presented before a magistrate at the Tihar Court Complex this morning, after being charged under multiple sections of the IPC, including those relating to the use criminal force on a public servant.

An FIR under the IPC section 186 (obstructing public servant in the discharge of public functions) and section 353 (assaulting a public servant in the execution of duty) has been filed against Poonia at Alipur police station, the police said.

Caravan magazine’s Political Editor Hartosh Singh Bal on Saturday said that they would take “whatever legal recourse” necessary.

Meanwhile, a group of Journalists in Delhi staged a demonstration in front of the new police headquarters in Patel Chowk area on Sunday to protest the arrest of Mandeep Punia.

Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi was among those to speak out; Gandhi tweeted a video that apparently showed Punia being taken away by a large group of policemen.

“Those who fear the truth arrest true journalists,” Gandhi wrote in Hindi.