An Andhra Pradesh based TV journalist was beaten up miscreants on late midnight night of Wednesday at Pittala Vemavaram village in Peravali mandal for his expose of sand mining mafia. The journalist, who was seriously injured, has been admitted to the Tanuku Government hospital where he is recuperating from the serious injuries.
Doctors said that his condition is stable and is out of danger.
Nallamilli Rama Reddy has recently filed two stories on illegal sand mining operations which were aired by the channel.
According to a report published in The New Indian Express, unknown miscreants barged into the premise of the journalist house and banged at the door continously around midnight. Rama Reddy who opened the door after the thrashing at the door had escalated and found the gang with iron rods. The gang had sought an explanation from the journalist for airing two reports on sand mining mafia.
Rama Reddy, sensing danger, tried to shoot the miscreants with his camera and then called the sub-inspector of police who promised to rush his men to his house.
But the miscreants, using iron rods, beat him up and also attacked his aged mother Varalakshmi when she went to his rescue. Rama Reddy sustained injuries on his head and legs.
The neighbours woke up with the ruckus, even as police rushed to the spot, and moved Reddy to the hospital.
Condemning the attack, journalists and journalist unions across various parts of the district staged protests on Thursday, and demanded that the attackers be arrested.