Journalist Abducted And Killed In Tripura While Covering Clashes Between CPM’s Tribal Wing And IPFT
Journalist Abducted And Killed In Tripura

While Covering Clashes Between CPM’s Tribal Wing And IPFT

Journalist Shantanu Bhowmick

A journalist from a local news channel was on Wednesday abducted and killed in Tripura while covering clashes between the tribal wing of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT).

Superintendent of Police of West district, Abhijit Saptarshi said Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist from 'Dinrat' news channel, was covering the agitation and road blockade by the IPFT and CPM at Mandai when he was hit from behind and abducted.

Later, Bhowmick was found with serious stab injuries and was rushed to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, the SP said.

Tripura Health Minister Badal Chowdhury condemned the killing and state Information Minister Bhanulal Saha visited the hospital.

The SP said the situation at Mandai was tense. Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC were already in force in the area and more police forces were being rushed to there, he said.

Khowai Superintendent of Police Nagendra Debbarma told reporters that the clash took place when the Parishad supporters gathered at the bus stand at Khowai town to travel to Agartala for a Gana Mukti Parishad rally.

Personnel from the Tripura State Rifles and Assam Rifles were deployed in sensitive areas of the district and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in Tulashikhar and Rajnagar apprehending breach of peace, the SP said. (ANI)

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