Police Cover for Shoma Chaudhury

New Delhi
Police Cover for Shoma Chaudhury

Former Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury was today provided with a security cover after a group of BJP workers led by Vijay Jolly allegedly heckled her and defaced the nameplate outside her residence here.

On what kind of security was extended to Chaudhury, a senior Delhi Police official said, "The security apparatus cannot be revealed. She would be provided adequate security to prevent recurrence of such an event."

Chaudhury who had reached National Commission for Women (NCW) office in the afternoon to record her statement about her and Tehelka's response in dealing with alleged sexual assault case against its Editor Tarun Tejpal, filed a complaint with the Commission regarding her house in Saket being vandalised allegedly by some BJP workers led by Jolly.

NCW member in-charge of Goa Shamina Shafiq then asked Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to register an FIR in this case and provide security to Chaudhury.

Police swung into action registering an FIR against Jolly and others and provided security to Chaudhury.

"We have registered an FIR in this case and we are investigating the matter. We are also providing security to Chaudhury. We have also received a reference from NCW and we will reply to it tomorrow," said another Delhi Police official.

In the morning, a group of BJP workers led by Jolly reached Chaudhury's Saket residence to protest. The protesters not only painted the word 'accused' on Chaudhury's nameplate, some of them also went on to surround and jostle the journalist as she was leaving her house.

When police personnel tried to escort Chaudhury to her car, Jolly even tried to climb on to the vehicle.

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