Another journalist killed, this time in Tripura while covering agitation

Another journalist killed, this time in Tripura while covering agitation

Bhowmik, a reporter with local television news channel Deen Raat which is known for its Left-leaning editorial stance, was returning from Mandwai in the West Tripura district to the state capital on Wednesday afternoon when he was allegedly abducted by the IPFT activists. "Law and order nonexistent only violence under CPI (M) rule".

A 28-year-old Bhowmik was on an assignment to cover clashes between the IPFT and the Tripura Rajaer Ganamukti Parishad in Mandai, in West Tripura on Wednesday. While we organise massive demonstrations and rallies against journalist killings - something that is occurring at an unprecedented scale and with unbelievable impunity, and resulting in very little consequences for the perpetrators - we need to ask ourselves why it has come to this.

However, it is alleged that IPFT supporters were behind the incident.

One young journalist, Shantanu Bhoumik, working for Dinrat News channel, decided otherwise and in her urge to fearless the onslaught, he had recorded the scenes on his mobile.

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Two weeks ago, Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh was brutally murdered by unknown assailants in Bangalore. The killing has sparked widespread protests in the state and forcing the district administration to impose a curfew in and around Agartala.

Journalists held protests outside the chief minister's residence and demanded an exemplary punishment for whoever is behind the killing. "It was gruesome", said a journalist from Agartala.

Bhowmick was the second journalist to be killed in India this month. "They have hardly received any justice", JFA president Rupam Barua said. Power Minister Manik Dey and many other leaders cutting across political line came to pay tribute to the departed journalist. "Sadly, the country beyond has hardly taken note of scribes killed in the line of duty in Assam and none of these cases has been solved yet", Nava Thakuria, secretary of Guwahati Press Club, said.

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