Tripura Journalists call on DoNER Minister seeking Centre’s intervention

Demanding high-level enquiry into the brutal killing of two journalists – Sudip Dutta Bhwomik and Santanu Bhwomik in the state, the visiting eight members delegation of Tripura journalist under the banner of Forum for Protection of Journalist – Tripura Tuesday called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh.

The journalist team led by veteran journalist Subal Kumar Dey has explained the ongoing terror tactics of the ruling party and the attempt to regulate media and perpetrating violence on the journalist in the state of Tripura.

In a fifteen minutes discussion with the union minister, the delegation further explained the law and order situation of Tripura and motivated action of the police force and state administration.

A local newspaper journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, 50, was shot dead inside the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) 2nd battalion headquarters at Ramchandra Nagar in West Tripura district on November 21.

Young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was hacked to death while he was covering protests of a tribal-based political party at Mandai, 25 km from Agartala, on September 20.

PCI chairman, who is likely to visit the state to study both the incidents, took suo-moto cognizance of the journalists’ murder cases.

The Congress has demanded a high-level inquiry into the murder. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a CBI probe and resignation of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who also holds the Home portfolio.

Both parties observed a state-wide shutdown on November 23 to protest the killings.

The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has criticised the BJP for politicising the journalist’s killing.


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