Police claim Malayalee journalists arrested in Mangaluru were fake
Mangaluru: Fake news is being circulated against the Malayalee journalists who were taken into custody by the Mangaluru police. Mangaluru police along with certain media are propagating that the arrested journalists were fake and do not possess valid ID cards.
The news being spread claims that that these journalists were trying to instigate trouble. Certain Kannada medias have also reported that more than 50 armed men from Kerala had reached the city although only five journalists were arrested.
Despite numerous interventions, the authorities are not ready to free the detained journalists. Since Internet has been shut down in the city, it is hard to keep track of the developments. Moreover, the mobile phones of these journalists have also been detained. The police is not ready to reveal when the journalists will be freed.
Asianet News and Media One journalists were detained while they were reporting near WenLock Hospital. The police action was part of the attempt to block the news regarding the current situation in Mangaluru from going out. The action was lead by City Police Commissioner Dr PS Harsha.
Even though the journalists showed valid ID cards, police claim they were arrested for lack of proper documents accredited by the government.