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Talked to farmers inside Tihar Jail, will write detailed report: Journalist Mandeep Punia

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Freelance journalist Mandeep Punia, who was arrested by the Delhi Police from the Singhu border, has mentioned that he talked to farmers and scribbled notes on his legs contained in the Tihar Jail to write down a report.

Punia was launched from the jail on Wednesday after a courtroom granted him bail.

Talking to reporters exterior the jail, he mentioned, “It (being inside the prison) turned out to be an opportunity for me. I got a chance to talk to the farmers lodged in the jail and scribbled notes on my legs. I am going to write a detailed report.”

“My work is to report from ground zero… I asked the farmers why and how they were arrested,” he mentioned.

Punia mentioned he had been protecting the protest on the Singhu border from the day it began.

“It was my responsibility as a journalist to report it truthfully and faithfully. I was trying to do that. I was trying to find out the people behind the attack on the movement site. My work was interrupted by the arrest. I lost valuable time. I do feel that that I was wronged,” he tweeted.

He alleged that the police interfered along with his work and mentioned the incident had strengthened his resolve to proceed along with his work.

Punia was arrested on the Singhu border on fees of “obstructing public servants in discharge of public functions”, “assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty”, and “voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty”.

He was despatched to 14-day judicial custody on Sunday by the courtroom of metropolitan Justice of the Peace.

However, he was granted bail on Tuesday after furnishing a private bond of Rs 25,000.


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