Journalist Sajeev Gopalan was hospitalised after being allegedly assaulted by police officials, including an inspector, in Kerala’s Varkala town Sunday night, ANI reported.

Gopalan works for Malayalam newspaper Kalakaumudi. For the last few days, he was working on a story about the alleged abduction of two women, in which the police had filed a report in favour of the accused, Times Now reported. The policemen reportedly mentioned the story during the assault.

Gopalan was manhandled and hit on his head, face and eyes around 10.30 pm in front of his house. His wife and daughter witnessed the assault.

The Press Club has filed a complaint with the authorities, including the director general of police.