MALAPPURAM: Two RSS activists were arrested in connection with the alleged attack on a photojournalist of a Malayalam daily at the Malappuram Press Club here, police said today. The two-Dilip Kumar (31) and Shibu (30) are RSS workers and were arrested last night, police said.
The incident occurred when some RSS workers barged into the club and allegedly attacked the photographer, Faud Saneen, for having taken a video of their alleged manhandling of a two-wheeler rider during a protest march near here.
“The violence committed by RSS activists against Malappuram Press Club will take seriously by the Government. The police have been directed to take action against the guilty. Two people have already been arrested. Strong steps will be taken against the offensive against media freedom”. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote on Facebook.
A case had been registered against 10 RSS activists under various sections of the IPC including those related to unlawful assembly and rioting besides the Kerala Public Way Restriction of Assemblies and Procession Act.
The case was registered on a complaint by the photojournalist, who suffered injuries on his legs and had been hospitalised.
Police said trouble broke out when around 150 RSS workers took out the procession protesting the attack on an RSS office in the district a few days ago.
The protesters blocked the road causing traffic snarls.
The two-wheeler rider, on seeing the march, tried to leave the spot but the RSS workers intercepted him and took possession of the vehicle's key, they said.
On seeing Sanea taking some video shots on his mobile phone at that time, a section of the RSS workers barged into the club and allegedly assaulted him and snatched his phone.
Inputs from PTI