Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tripura journalist shot dead by trooper

Tripura journalist shot dead by trooper

Guwahati: In yet another assault against journalists, a crime reporter of a local newspaper Sudip Datta Bhaumik was shot dead by a personal security officer of the commandant of the 2nd Tripura State Rifles at RK Nagar, about 20 km from Agartala.

The body of Bhowmik, a reporter of "Syandan Patrika" and local television channel "Venguard", was brought to Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital Agartala for postmortem.

The veteran journalist alleged the Commandant had tried to hide the body in order to hush up the entire episode, he said, adding that the journalist bodies want immediate arrest of Tapan Debbarma. "My condolences to the family of the deceased", Mamata Banerjee said on twitter.

TSR constable Nandu Ryang has been arrested for the killing, the SP said.

They reminded he is the second journalist to be killed in the last two months in Tripura.

"Sudip Datta Bhaunik is the second journalist to be killed in Tripura in the past two months, following Shantanu Bhowmick, who was lynched just 35 km from where Bhaunik was gunned down". Among the 31, 24 were in Assam, six were in Manipur and one in Tripura.

IJU urged the Press Council of India to take suo motu cognizance of the murder and take suitable steps to bring the murders of the journalists to the book.

But, according to Syandan Patrika editor Subal Dey, when he arrived for the interview, an argument ensued with the commandant's bodyguard, who ended up shooting him. It is very much shocking and frustrating.

"Assam has been one of the most risky places in India for journalists".

The largest democracy in the globe earlier witnessed the murder of journalist Rajesh Mishra in Uttar Pradesh on Oct 21.

The populous country lost six journalists to perpetrators in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015. "The Union government in New Delhi must not buy more time for formulating a strict policy to safeguard the media persons and ensure justice to the victim families", added the statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

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