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Beaten journalist becomes focus of police probe in Herat

AT News Report-KABUL: Although public order cops operate directly under the auspices of interior ministry, a probe will be run by the local authorities on the controversial case involving beating of a journalist in Western Herat province, said security officials on Friday.

Farhad Tawhid, a photographer and presenter of Ariana TV channel was beaten up by public order police forces in the capital of Herat on Thursday.

He came under attack while filming a mistreatment scene of the police forces in Herat city.

“I took out my telephone from my pocket and started filming a scene in which a police vehicle crashed with cyclist and then the officers mistreating the bicycle owner, but when the officers saw me they got angry and attacked me,” he said.

Tawhid said that he was beaten up despite showing his press card to the officers.

“The police officers stopped hitting me and escaped after local people mediated,” he added.

Meanwhile, Abdul Ahad Walizada, Herat police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that public order police forces were working under the MoI but they would seriously investigate about the journalist’s beating case.

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