A statement in support of journalist Nikhil Wagle

  We strongly condemn attacks on journalists in Maharashtra and urge the state Government to apprehend the culprits.Editor of Aapla Mahanagar, Nikhil Wagle was brutally attacked and narrowly escaped being burnt alive when a group of Shiv Saniks inspired by the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Narayan Rane assaulted him and two others at Malvan in Konkan-the western cost of Maharashtra today August 28, 2004  The attack took place at about 8.15 am. Mr. Wagle's colleague Mr. Yuvraj Mohite and Mr. Pramod Nigudkar were also seriously injured. Until the time we are


releasing the statement (2 pm on Saturday) no action is been taken on the attackers by the Malvan Police. Mr. Wagle and his colleague were attacked after conducting a workshop for local activists yesterday.Mr. Wagle and his colleagues have refused any treatment until those responsible for the attack have been apprehended.The attack on Mr. Wagle is the second serious attempt on the lives of the journalists in Maharashtra. Only four days ago, on Tuesday August 24 Mr. Sajid Rashid, editor of Hamara Mahanagar was brutally attacked by a section of religious fanatics.