A TV journalist, who was allegedly assaulted by unidentified persons near his house in south Mumbai early Sunday, has termed the attack “pre-planned”.
Herman Gomes, working with a private TV channel, was returning home along with a friend in a taxi late Saturday night.
When he got out of the cab around 1.30 am on Sunday, he saw four to six persons waiting near his house in Gamdevi area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Dnyaneshwar Chavan told PTI.
The persons started abusing Gomes and later allegedly assaulted him, Chavan said.
The journalist was injured in the assault and based on his complaint, the Gamdevi police later registered a case under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 324 (voluntary causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and other relevant provisions, he said.
The motive behind the attack was not yet known, he said, adding an investigation was underway into the case.
Gomes told reporters that it was clearly a “pre-planned” attack as those involved had come prepared, pointing out that the attackers had a knuckle-duster as well.
“They hit me in my eyes, which caused bleeding. I have received six stitches around my eyes. They also attacked my friend,” he said.
Journalists’ associations in the city condemned the attack and alleged that police did not file the victim’s complaint promptly.
The Mumbai Press Club termed the attack on Gomes as a “dastardly act”.
An association of crime reporters in the city, in a statement, demanded immediate arrest of the assailants.
It urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take action against the police officers who allegedly delayed registration of the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter.