Shillong: In an untoward incident, a policeman tried to snatch the mobile phone of an EastMojo correspondent while she was covering the prevailing law and order situation in Meghalaya capital Shillong on Saturday.
The correspondent, Princess Giri Rashir, was capturing a video on her mobile phone when, out of the blue, a policeman jumped out of a railing of a footpath and tried to grab her phone. She, however, managed to swing it sideways which resulted in the policeman’s hand landing on her chest.
Narrating the incident, Rashir mentioned that she was on her way back from a reporting assignment at Iewduh in Shillong when the incident happened at Umsohsun.
Taken aback by the unexpected behaviour of the policeman trying to snatch away her phone without cautioning her, Rashir was left in a state of shock but could somehow manage to say that she was from the media. Hearing this, the policeman stopped. This caught the attention of the senior officials who immediately intervened and apologised for the policeman’s behaviour.
“When the senior officials intervened, one of the officials argued how could they identify me as a journalist? I told him that this was not about a journalist. Even if I was a layman, the police had no authority to pounce on anybody like that. One should caution and mention that no videography was allowed and that he needed to delete the clip from my phone. But instead of doing that, he jumped towards me to snatch my phone,” said Rashir.
Incidentally, there were no such advisories that stopped a journalist from taking pictures or videos in the said location. As always, the EastMojo journalist was just doing her job on Saturday as well.
Meanwhile, when the journalist escalated the matter to the SP of traffic, BD Marak, and SP of East Khasi Hills District, Claudia Lyngwa, both condemned the incident and rendered their apologies.
“I have spoken to the OC regarding this incident. All police personnel should be told that under no circumstances should people be harassed especially when on the road as a lot of people get caught inside curfew areas when they exit or have to go home,” said Lyngwa.