Tripura: Journalist killed while covering clash between rival parties

Cesar Mills
September 22, 2017

Journalist of a local television Santanu Bhowmik was killed on Wednesday while he went to cover a road blockade.

Bhowmik worked for a local TV channel called Din Raat (Day Night) and his death marks the awful and ominous times for journalists all over India.

According to Tripura DIG Arindam Nath, four IPFT members have been arrested in connection with the incident. For many years, IPFT has been fighting for a separate state for indigenous Tripuris, which the ruling Left Front has always opposed. The protesting journalist are demanding immediate arrest of all the people involved in the abduction and murder of the scribe.

Two weeks ago, Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered by unknown assailants in Bangalore.

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The TRUGP rally was addressed by Chief Minister and CPI-M politburo member Manik Sarkar, party President and Lok Sabha member Jitendra Chowdhury and other top party leaders. We demand that the State Government should give adequate compensation to the family of the young journalist whose life was sniffed out in the line of duty. Internet data services have since been suspended in Agartala. BJP has condemned the killing of the journalist.

Political parties and security forces were known to intimidate journalists in the many conflict zones that dot the region, the media group said. The string of killings began with Hari Prakash (31, Jharkhand) and claimed Brajesh Kumar Singh (28, Bihar), Shyam Sharma (40, Madhya Pradesh), Kamlesh Jain (42, MP), Surender Singh Rana (35, Haryana) and Lankesh (55, Bengaluru).

Bhowmick was the second journalist to be killed in India this month.

"With 32 journalists killed since 1987, Assam has been one of the most risky places in India for journalists".

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