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Mon, 23 Oct 2017

Northeast Today

Arunachal Press Bodies Condemn Brutal Killing of Santanu Bhowmik

Arunachal Press Bodies Condemn Brutal Killing of Santanu Bhowmik
September 22
11:19 2017

Shocked by the brutal murder of Santanu Bhowmik in Tripura, Arunachal Press Club (APC), Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) and Arunachal Electronic Media Association (AEMA) strongly condemned at barbaric act of Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

28-year-old Santanu Bhowmik was on an assignment to cover clashes between the IPFT and the Tripura Rajaer Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) in Mandai, in West Tripura on Wednesday. Shantanu was abducted by a mob and later found killed.

Condemning inhuman act, the Arunachal Press bodies, termed the killing of a young scribe, as an ‘attempt to muzzle’ independent voice and freedom of press. Such brute force should be dealt with iron hand, so that crusaders of truths are protected, the joint statement read.

Expressing solidarity with deceased families members and as well as the press fraternity of Tripura, specially Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU), the Arunachal Press bodies demanded for exemplary punishment for those perpetrators involved in brutal murder.

Further, the fraternity urged the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’ government to ensure safety of journalists community in Tripura.

Meanwhile, at least four activists of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) were arrested by police in connection with the murder of slain scribe who was beaten to death.

Santanu becomes the seventh Indian victim-journalist this year after the murder of Bengaluru based editor-journalist and social activists Gauri Lankesh (55) on 5 September last. Prior to her, Haryana based elevision journalist Surender Singh Rana (35) was shot dead on 29 July.

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