Several journalists on Saturday staged a protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters, over the alleged assault on media professionals on Friday during a march organised by the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University against the administration’s policies. A video has emerged showing police personnel purportedly roughing up two female journalists during the rally.

A policeman allegedly assaulted a newspaper reporter, and a group of policewomen roughed up a Hindustan Times photographer and snatched her camera. The photojournalist could not retrieve her camera even hours after the incident.

Media professionals who covered the march on Friday said that policewomen threatened and intimidated a female journalist, and Station House Officer Vidyadhar Singh molested another. The police personnel also beat up a male journalist during the melee, the statement said.

“Despite repeated pleas that they were journalists and even furnishing their identity cards, they were not spared,” the statement read. “We demand that strict action against the police persons involved and the registration of First Information Reports on the complaints of assault and molestation, both of which have been filed at the respective police stations.”

The journalists put down their cameras and refused to move from the spot as a mark of protest.

The Delhi Police said its intention was not to obstruct the media from doing its job. “Female police personnel mistook the photojournalist for a protestor,” Delhi Police Spokesperson Madhur Verma said, according to News18. “It was a misunderstanding and the incident was unfortunate. The Delhi Police will inquire into the matter.”

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women has ordered an investigation into the incident.