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AR officer misbehaves with scribe
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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A journalist and correspondent of the Nagaland Post was abused verbally and with gestures by an officer of the Assam Rifles (AR) in Mokokchung after he had gone to cover the recruitment rally at the invitation of the District Administration (SDO C) Mokokchung. The driver of the SDO(C) who was waiting for the Correspondent, Moasashi Jamir, took him to the rally but was stopped at the gate. Despite disclosing their identities and purpose of visit, the sentry refused to let them in till he had clearance from the officers. When no one arrived, both decided to leave and just as they were walking away, one officer later identified as one Major Sandhu, shouted abuses and ordering the Correspondent to get out. Moasashi kept his cool and went ahead to the vehicle even as the officer continued to hurl abusive words. The Correspondent was again stopped which he complied to and the officer went rushing to the vehicle using filthy words at Moasashi and snatched the car keys to prevent him from going out. At that moment, the Second-in-Command and the SDO(C) arrived at the spot and tried to pacify Moasashi and to persuade him to return and cover the recruitment rally. Moasashi then demanded an apology from Major Sandhu but instead, the 2nd in Command was seen trying to pacify the errant major. MPC Condemns The Mokokchung Press Club has said it was “disheartened” by the incident that occurred on at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung during the ongoing Assam Rifles Recruitment Rally. MPC president Limalenden Longkumer and secretary Sashi said the verbal abuse on the journalist by Major Sandhu “was unbecoming of any responsible officer” and that “confiscating the reporter’s car key and shooing him away was racist in nature and disparaging in intent” The MPC said such behaviour was in “contradiction with the AR slogan ‘Friends of the hills people’.” The MPC had demanded that the officer personally apologize to the reporter and also demanded that the higher ups in the AR “look into the matter so that such unwanted incidents do not occur in the future.”

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