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Attack on a woman journalist : Three employees of a shopping mall have been arrested

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.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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