Bhubaneswar:298/12/19: Three employees of a shopping mall in Bhubaneswar have been arrested by the Commissionerate Police on Sunday in connection with the alleged attack on a woman journalist and a camera person on Saturday .The accused persons have been identified as sales manager Shyama Jha, (43), supervisor Mahant Kumar Biswal (38) of Khurda’s Jankia, and security guard Pankaj Kumar Sahoo (25) of Sambalupr’s Kuchinda, informed Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi .
The woman journalist identified as Swati Jena along with camera-person Pramod was allegedly attacked by employees of Esplanade shopping mall during live coverage on “illegal collection of parking fees”.
Irked over the incident, several journalists and RTI activists staged a dharna in front of the mall this morning to oppose the assaults against scribes. They also demanded immediate arrest of the accused persons and strict actions.
Following the protest, the city police arrested two staff of the mall this morning. However, the protest went on till evening and the scribes refused to move till the main accused is arrested.
At around 9 pm, the Police Commissioner confirmed that the sales manager of the mall has been arrested and subsequently the dharna was lifted by the agitators.