Lucknow | Journalists in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad were reportedly locked up in emergency ward of a hospital on orders of the District Magistrate during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit.
According to reports, theJournalists were locked in the ward until the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister left the hospital premise. The room was even guarded by the civil line police station in charge who was standing outside the locked room.
The journalist alleged that they were locked in the hospital ward in order to restrict them from covering the Yogi Adityanath’s visit.
The Moradabad DM, however, denied the allegation of any such event. “Requested media persons not to go inside the ward with Honble Cm because it was not good for patients health…..only place police personnel in corridors so that inspection can be done peacefully by CM sir…after completion of inspection media persons are there before departure,” he wrote on Twitter.
requested media persons not to go inside the ward with Honble Cm because it was not good for patients health…..only place police personnel in carridore so that inspection can be done peacefully by CM sir…after completion of inspection media persons are there before departure
— DM Moradabad (@DMMoradabad) June 30, 2019
Reacting to the incident, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government of muzzling the media.
“Journalists are being held captive, questions are being curtailed, problems are being ignored. The full majority BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is turning away from people’s questions. The public knows it all. It will ask questions and demand answers too,” she wrote on Twitter.