Assam police harass scribes from Meghalaya

Nongpoh, July 27: Five scribes from Ri Bhoi District of Meghalaya were mishandled by Assam police personnel while the newsmen were discharging their journalistic duties today.
The journalists were on their way back from covering an official programme attended by Jirang MLA, Sosthenes Sohtun which was held at Mnnar Jirang in the district. Upon reaching Depar Beel which falls under Azar Police Station, they were stopped by the police personnel on duty and asked numerous questions.
“They asked us for the documentation of the vehicle we were travelling in and were not happy when we showed that we had everything in order,” one of the scribes said.
“Even when we explained that we were journalists on duty, they turned their attention to another subject and questioned us about COVID-19 SoPs,” one of the scribes said.
He also said that the police personnel started nitpicking about the SoPs and were not able to argue with them as they all had masks on and were all vaccinated. “In spite of this, they tried to levy a fine of Rs. 2000 on us and when we refused to pay this, they took us to Azra Police Station,” he added.
The journalists spent more than two hours in the police station and were only released after the intervention of authorities from Meghalaya and Assam.