Guwahati: Amid allegations by RTI activist Akhil Gogoi for allegedly instigating the mob which molested the minor in Guwahati outside a bar, the television reporter who filmed the incident resigned on Sunday.

Gaurav Jyoti Neog of 'Newslive' refuted the allegations that he had egged on the mob.

Neog said he had carried out his professional duties as a responsible journalist by asking for a camera unit from his office and filmed the "nightmarish incident to fulfill the social responsibility of identifying the molesters and get them punished."

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"There are allegations levelled against me that I orchestrated the molestation on the girl on GS Road on the night on July 9. I strongly deny and refute the allegations as malicious and wild," he said in a signed statement here.
"I will cooperate with the investigation process ... I would like to come back and join the organisation again with my head held high," he added.
Neog has also resigned from the primary membership of Electronic Media Forum Assam, which was accepted. He requested the management of the channel to relieve him of his duties till he was cleared of the charges and said he felt it was his responsibility to enable a free and fair trial.
The channel's Executive Director Nitumoni Saikia said the channel was convinced that Neog was not involved in instigating the molestation. "We are not trying to protect or shield anyone but we remain committed in our campaign to get the molesters arrested."
The channel had decided to air the shocking visuals of the molestation to enable the viewers to see the ugly face of the molesters and help police to identify and punish them, in which it has been successful, he said.
Police are also probing charges by a local daily editor who claimed to be an eyewitness to the molestation incident, that a mob of nearly 40 people had tried to gang-rape her that night.
Citizens of Guwahati, under the aegis of several activist groups and NGOs, braved the rains on Sunday to register their protest and anger against the Assam government, police and the media, on the molestation case.


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