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Madhya Pradesh Police officer tells why journalist was made to strip

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Sidhi: After a photo of a journalist and others half-naked at a police station in Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district went viral, the authorities said they were held in their underwear to “avoid any circumstances where they died by suicide”.

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Talking to the reporters, SHO Manoj Soni said, “A photo that is going viral in which it is being said that all the people are journalists. I want to make it clear that all of them are not journalists, only one of them is (YouTuber). Rest are the friends, and relatives of the accused.”

A group of roughly 30 people, including YouTuber Kanishk Tiwari, pretending to be a journalist, protested against Neeraj Kunder’s arrest when a police official informed them that a FIR had been filed against him for “abusing renowned persons and politicians” on social media.

“An FIR was registered a few days ago against Neeraj Kunder who was involved in abusing famous and political personalities and women from a fake ID on social media. An action was taken against him and he was sent to jail. Protesting against it, his friends and family, nearly 30 in number sat on ‘dharna’ and protested against his arrest,” the SHO said.

Mr Soni further said, “The YouTuber was involved in the protest. They were inciting the people to protest against the police and administration.”

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When asked about the viral picture, the police officer said that the information of them being stripped naked is false and they were “kept in the underwear keeping their security in mind so that they did not die by suicide with their clothes”.

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