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Self-styled reporters detained
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - Three self-styled journalists of a web portal have been arrested by Basistha police on charges of barging into the ICU of a hospital without permission.

The accused – Binay Kalita, Mintu Sharma and Ikbal Hussain – were allegedly working for the portal Pratibimbo Live.

The police action came following an FIR by the authorities of Critical Care Hospital and Research Centre located at Lokhra.

The three accused allegedly barged into the ICU of the hospital with cameras without authority on Friday evening around 9 pm.

Hospital authorities said the journalists, accompanied by some people, threatened the security guards and other hospital staff.

“Next morning, they even called up the general manager threatening that they might air some news if we do not negotiate,” the authorities said.

A case has been registered under sections 447 (criminal trespass), 294 (use of obscene words in public place) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.

“The accused were arrested and granted bail,” a police official said, adding that investigation was on.

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