A JOURNALIST was assaulted and his phone robbed allegedly by the supporters of jailed gangster and MLA Mukhtar Ansari in Hazratganj area of Lucknow on Monday morning.
Saurabh Shukla, a reporter with a Hindi daily — in his complaint with the police — claimed he was assaulted by over five people, who were travelling in two SUVs that were escorting an ambulance carrying Ansari from a Lucknow jail to the King George Medical University.
Shukla alleged that the ambulance carrying Ansari and a few other vehicles were travelling on the wrong side of the road near Raj Bhavan where he was covering a protest by the physically challenged and the resulting traffic jam.
“Six to seven persons got down from an SUV, which had the flag of BJP atop it, as he started to clicking photographs of the ambulance and the other vehicles that were on the wrong side of the road,” he stated in his complaint.
The reported alleged that the accused tried to force him inside the SUV in an attempt to kidnap him, and when he managed to escape, they hit him with a heavy object on his head, rendering him unconscious.
The police have registered an FIR against unidentified persons and mentioned Ansari and his supporters among the suspected accused persons.
The FIR has been lodged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to attempt to murder, kidnapping and robbery.