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By: Express News Service | Raipur | October 12, 2020 5:15:58 am Kamal Shukla narrating the incident to press. Kanker-based journalist Kamal Shukla, who was on a starvation strike searching for motion over the assault on him and two different journalists by a mob allegedly incited by native Congress leaders at a police station on September 26, known as off his protest on Sunday after a delegation bearing his calls for met the Governor. Shukla had earlier within the day examined optimistic for Covid-19.
The take a look at was carried out on Saturday on the DKS Hospital, the place the journalist was allegedly forcibly hospitalised on October 7, days after he started his starvation strike. “His immunity was compromised and he was meeting people, so we conducted the test,” a district official stated.
Shukla had appealed to journalists within the state to march with him to the Governor’s home on Sunday. However, he was declared Covid-positive hours earlier than the march was to start, based on sources near Shukla. His letter was submitted to the Governor by a 10-member delegation, together with a number of journalists. “The Governor has assured the delegation that the case will be duly investigated and the culprits will be punished,” a press release from the Governor’s workplace learn.
In a video message, Shukla known as the Covid take a look at a “sham” to maintain him from protesting towards the authorities. However, he later launched a press release calling off the strike and thanking journalists who supported him to “come back stronger and fight”.
“Several senior colleagues and even the honourable Governor have requested that I break the fast. I have also realised that Gandhian principles are a blunt instrument in front of governments today,” his assertion learn. However, he acknowledged that “to fight for fearless and independent journalism, it is important that I live”.
On Saturday, greater than a fortnight after the assault on Shukla, Jeevananda Haldar and Satish Yadav, the Bastar IG suspended the police station in-charge and in addition shaped a three-member SIT led by a sub-inspector from the identical police station to research the matter. The resolution got here after a six-member journalists’ panel arrange by the state authorities submitted its report on Saturday. In its report, the panel had really helpful addition of expenses within the FIR filed by Shukla and Yadav. However, Shukla had criticised the report as a result of he was not contacted by the fact-finding group. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to hitch our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the most recent headlines For all the most recent India News, obtain Indian Express App. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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