In another killing of media persons in India, a journalist working with a local television news channel was brutally beaten to death while covering a clash at Mandai in West Tripura on Wednesday.
Shantanu Bhowmik, a reporter with the local ‘Dinraat’ news channel, was killed while covering the clash between the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) in West Tripura.
According to various sources, Bhowmick was covering the agitation and road blockade by the members of IPFT when he was attacked.
It is reportedly said that even as the police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse the crowd, Bhowmik was attacked by the mob. According to reports, the incident took place at about 12.30 pm. Bhowmik’s body was later found with serious injuries by the police from behind the local stadium. He was rushed to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
While many reacted to the incident with strong condemnation, massive political blame game erupted between Left and Right.
This is how the ruling CPI(M) and the local BJP reacted to the incident.
Murder of Journalist in Tripura by BJP backed IPFT Goons show BJP’s frustration in Tripura & overall pattern of silencing Journalists! Shame
— CPI (M) (@cpimspeak) September 20, 2017
— BJP Tripura (@BJP4Tripura) September 20, 2017
Many took to twitter to condemned the brutal killing of yet another journalist in the country.
— Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) September 20, 2017
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) September 20, 2017
— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) September 20, 2017
Another journalist Santanu Bhowmick killed in Left-ruled Tripura. Shocking indictment of law & order https://t.co/vqe2i1rG27
— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) September 21, 2017
Journalist Shantanu Bhowmik Killed By Tribal Party Cadres
Silence by media as CM here is Politburo Member of CPI?https://t.co/P06GgFzfwD
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) September 21, 2017
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 21, 2017
Its shocking free expression,media in danger in left rule Tripura.Bhoomik was free from ideological baggage nt mediated among naxals groups https://t.co/rRkugi8KJT
— Prof Rakesh Sinha (@RakeshSinha01) 20 September 2017
Young journalist killed in clashes in Tripura. Hope to see more anger/concern from the Left front govt there. https://t.co/zRyj7gCWdh
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 20, 2017
According to Tripura DIG Arindam Nath, four IPFT members have been arrested in connection with the incident. The Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.