Acid attack by Congress activist on Maharashtra scribe, kin
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
Press Council of India Chief
Justice Markande Katju on Thursday ordered a probe into the
incident in which a Maharashtra journalists working with a local
Marathi newspaper was assaulted allegedly by few Congress
"In my opinion this is a serious
violation of the freedom of the Press guaranteed by Article
19(1)(a) of the Constitution which the Press Council of India is
mandated to protect", Katju said in a statement released today.
"I, therefore, hereby constitute a one member Committee, consisting
of Anil Aggarwal, Member, Press Council of India, who is requested
to thoroughly investigate into the matter and thereafter submit a
report to me at the earliest for further action", he added.
Justice Katju also requested the
Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Chief Secretary to submit a report
on the matter.
"Further the Chief Minister, Maharashtra and Chief Secretary are
requested to personally look into the matter with all seriousness,
and submit a report to me at the earliest, after consulting with
Mr. Anil Aggarwal", he said.
"This report shall be in addition to the report
submitted by Shri Anil Aggarwal", he added.
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.
Choudhary is working as a Purna-based district correspondent with
Solapur Tarun Bharat newspaper.