JFA condemns Tripura scribe’s murder

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has strongly condemned the
repeated murder of scribes in Tripura and urged the Manik Sarkar led
government in Agartala to take serious note of the development. The
scribe’s forum expressed utter dismay that the tiny State of northeast
India has lost one more journalist on Tuesday (21 November 2017) noon.
As reported  by the local media outlets, Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, who used
to work for a Tripura based Bengali newspaper, was gunned down by the
soldiers belonged to the  Tripura State Rifles.  The incident took
place  in front of TSR 2nd Battalion office at Khayerpur Bodhjung

“Tripura lost a young journalist (Shantanu Bhowmik) to assailants on
September 20 and within two months the State has reported one more
journo-murder. It is shocking and the State chief minister, also in
charge of home portfolio, must take the call seriously,” said a JFA

With Sudip’s killing,  India has lost ten  journalists in eleven
months of the year. The  largest democracy in the globe earlier
witnessed the murder of journalist Rajesh Mishra in Uttar Pradesh on
October.  The string of journo-killings began with Hari Prakash
(killed on January 2) and the trend continued with the murders of
Brajesh Kumar Singh (January 3), Shyam Sharma (May 15), Kamlesh Jain
(May 31), Surender Singh Rana ( July 29), Gauri Lankesh (September 5),
Shantanu Bhowmik (September 20) and KJ Singh (September 23).
India is ranked 136th among 180 countries in its RSF’s  World Press
Freedom Index (2017), which is just ahead of its neighbors Pakistan
(139th), Sri Lanka (141) and Bangladesh (146). The populous country
lost six journalists to perpetrators in 2016, which was preceded by
five cases in 2015.

“It is alarming that the number of journo-murders has increased
drastically this year. 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

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