Mandeep Punia, a freelance journalist and contributor for The Caravan magazine, was covering the farmers’ protest and subsequent clashes at Singhu border when he was detained by the Delhi Police for allegedly misbehaving with an official on duty at the protest site.
Punia was standing with the protesters and he didn’t have a press ID card,” an officer udpated. “He was trying to move through the barricades which were kept to segregate and secure the area. An altercation broke out between police personnel and him.
He misbehaved there was some manhandling as well. He was then detained.”Pandey was presented before Court number 2 (Tihar Jail) by Delhi Police and the Metropolitan Magistrate Akhil Malik has sent him to 14-Day Judicial Custody.
He had been charged under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) r/w Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code.
Today, Bail plea would come for hearing at Rohini Court.