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Five held for threatening local journalist

Five persons were arrested for allegedly threatening a local journalist from Bhiwandi, police said.

Scribe Siddharth Kamble, who works with a national news channel, in his complaint alleged that a group of unidentified persons on Sunday night threatened him of dire consequences outside his house, an official of Kongaon police station said.

According to Kamble’s complaint, the incident happened after he did stories for his channel exposing illegal activities of land mafias in the city, and hence, they decided to threaten him.

A group of people carrying bamboo sticks went to Kamble house at around 10.30 PM and dared him to come out and intimidate him, the officer said.

“The miscreants also tried to break the main door but could not do so. They had smashed the CCTV camera installed outside Kamble’s house,” he said.

Five persons, including two women, were arrested in connection with the incident and a case was lodged against them under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 427 (mischief causing damage), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and other relevant sections of the IPC and Atrocities Act.

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