A local correspondent of a leading multi-edition Assamese daily newspaper on Thursday night survived a major attempt on his life after a group of suspected NDFB(S) militants threw him off a vehicle at Khoirabari in Udalguri district, following which he was rescued by local villagers and shifted to a hospital.
Prashanta Kumar, local correspondent of Asomiya Pratidin for Khoirabari was returning home on his motorcycle after dropping a friend on Thursday night when a group of armed men accosted him, picked him up into a car, first assaulted him, and then fired upon him after dropping him on the roadside.
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A bullet however hit him only on his shoulder without causing major injury, following which Kumar was found lying on the roadside by some villagers who took him to the Tangla police station where police admitted him to a local hospital. Late Thursday night he was shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
“I was returning home from a village called Tamreswar when an Alto car blocked my way, after which I was pulled in and first fired upon and then also severely beaten up. They later threw me off the car thinking I was dead,” Kumar said.
Meanwhile, the Journalist Action Committee (Assam) and Journalists’ Forum Assam on Friday expressed deep shock at the incident and demanded stringent actions against the perpetrators.
“Attacks on media persons have been increasing across the country for their journalistic activities. The tendency has recently grown in lower and central Assam following massive security operations against the militants, following which the rebel outfits have started targeting reporters for covering the anti-militant operations,” a joint statement issued by JAC and JFA said..
The two media organizations also asked chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who also holds the home portfolio, to take appropriate action against the culprits.