LAHORE - Three journalists of different local TV channels were tortured by police personnel and kept in custody for about half an hour for parking their vehicle outside the Chief Minister Secretariat, The Mall on Wednesday. The journalists namely Arslan Bhatti, Mian Aslam and Imran Khan manhandled by the cops had reached the CM Secretariat to cover an educational event organised for students of Balochistan studying at various educational institutions of the Punjab. It is being assumed that the said media men first entered a quarrel with the policemen, who had requested them to park their vehicle outside the area of government installation. One of them (media men) slapped a constable and tried to intimidate him. This infuriated senior officers and thus an untoward incident took place, a top police source said who wished not to be named. He claimed that the journalists were repeatedly requested to park their car outside the CM Secretariat, but they did pay no heed to advice. He said that the law was same for everyone whether one is from journalist community or belongs to general populace. When one violates law in any civilised society, then one may suffer, he observed. The (victim) constable said he formally asked the media men to park their vehicle in confined parking area, but they did not act upon his request and used harsh words instead. My colleagues got infuriated and treated them in the same fashion, he maintained. Later, many journalists along with their (victim) colleagues held a protest demonstration against police. They demanded that a legal action be taken against the police officers who thrashed their three fellows. Condemning the incident, office-bearers of the Lahore Press Club and the Punjab Union of Journalists appealed to the Chief Minister to take immediate action of the incident. The CM assured the journalists that an action would be taken against the policemen who tortured the journalists.