Mumbai: A journalist
and his family were victims of an acid attack by local political
activists in another assault on the media in Maharashtra, an
official said here Wednesday.
Dinesh S. Choudhary, 40, his wife Arsana and teenaged daughter
Rashmi were attacked in their house in Tilak Nagar in Purna town
in Parbhani district, police said.
Police said the attackers, one of whom is local Congress activist
Sayed Ali 'Don' and an unidentified man, barged into Choudhary's
house just before midnight, threw acid on them and escaped.
"They were rushed to the Yashoda Hospital in Nanded where their
condition is stated to be serious but stable," police told IANS.
Choudhary is working as a Purna-based district correspondent with
Solapur Tarun Bharat newspaper.
Narayan Karanjkar, the editor of the publication, said the attack
was instigated by Sayed Ali and his accomplices after Choudhary
wrote a scathing article on the gutka mafia operating in and
"All local media organisations have condemned the incident.
Journalists from Marathwada region will take out a procession here
Saturday to express solidarity with Choudhary," Karanjkar told
Meanwhile, in Mumbai state Home Minister R.R. Patil took serious
note of the incident and directed the Parbhani district police to
provide protection to the family.
Following Choudhary's complaint, police said a case has been
registered against Sayed Ali 'Don' and other "unknown" people.
Purna town is 580 km from Mumbai in Marathwada region.