Another C'garh scribe picked up

IN Media Watch Briefs | 22/03/2016
Sources in Chhattisgarh report that Prabhat Singh, a fearless local journalist from Dantewada, was picked up by the police last night. He had reportedly been a strong critic of I G Police S P Kalluri, and had played a key role in highlighting many of the police atrocities in Dantewada district. He was working with Patrika and also with ETV until  March 19  when his contract was terminated by Panorama Television Private Ltd (through whom he was hired) without giving reasons. He has apparently been picked up Bastar police and not Dantewada police, under a clause of the IT act. Details of his current whereabouts are not known. Last year cases of domestic violence and financial fraud were filed against him.
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