Tripura: Journalist killed while covering CPM-tribal clash

The Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. The Agartala Press Club and Tripura Working Journalists’ Association (TWJA) are organising a silent funeral procession in Agartala on Thursday.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: September 21, 2017 10:35 am
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A journalist working with a local television news channel in Tripura was beaten to death while covering a clash between the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) in Mandai, in West Tripura, on Wednesday afternoon.

Tripura DIG Arindam Nath said four IPFT members have been arrested in connection with the incident. According to reports, Shantanu Bhowmik, 28, a reporter with Dinraat channel, had gone to Mandai, about 35 kilometres from Agartala, to cover the clash between IPFT and TRUGP, the CPI(M)’s tribal wing. Even as the police resorted to a lathicharge to disperse the crowd, Bhowmik was attacked by the mob.

“He was first hit on his legs with a stick… when he fell down on the road, they hit him on his head. The mob later dragged his body and hid it behind the local stadium. It was gruesome,” said a journalist from Agartala. While the incident took place at about 12.30 pm, Bhowmik’s body was later recovered by the police from behind the stadium.

The Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. The Agartala Press Club and Tripura Working Journalists’ Association (TWJA) are organising a silent funeral procession in Agartala on Thursday.

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    Anonymous
    Sep 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    (Contd.) There's no "unity in diversity" in India. These tribal traitors want to go back to the times of the British "Divide and Rule" policy. The central government should seriously do something about those IPFT troublemakers and NLFT terrorists. They are like a disease get rid of them before they spread like cancer and kill more innocent people.
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      Anonymous
      Sep 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm
      (Contd.) So why should we care about them? Their minds are being played with by IPFT politicians and the NLFT terrorists. With a little help from the central government, Tripura's problem could have been easily solved. Unfortunately, the rest of India doesn't really care about the North-Eastern states which is all the more reason for tribals to justify their anti-national activities. Durga Puja is around the corner and I honestly fear for the safety of people, especially Bengali Hindus. That said, if tribals want a separate country/state, why not let them? Stop all reservations, merit awards and discriminatory benefits and let these racist tribals enjoy their "indigenous culture" away from us.
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        Anonymous
        Sep 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm
        (Contd.) Where I live, ST students scoring CGPA 10 in class 10 receive Rs 5000 and those scoring higher than 80 in class 12 receive Rs 10000 as "merit awards". Heck, they are "awarded" money just for passing. They get free blood tests done in schools. Of course, GEN students get none of this. How unfair is this? As if GEN students who worked hard don't deserve anything just because they're born in a GEN family? ST people don't pay income taxes at all but GEN people are burdened with heavy taxes. See? All these fun benefits yet these tribals ungratefully turn their back on us! Why? To protect their so-called "iden y and culture" which no one has even tried to destroy. Their real problem is that they're no longer the majority in a relatively peaceful state like Tripura. This is just blind racism in disguise. They don't have even a bit of love or respect for the nation. They're playing the victims when in reality, poor GEN people are the biggest victims of caste-based discrimination
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          Anonymous
          Sep 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm
          Dear Indians from other states, please read: I'm just an average person who was unlucky enough to be born in a middle-class GEN family in a country like India a country where the government discriminates among its own people to play vote-bank politics. I have many tribal friends who help me in need and I'm really thankful for that, but I can't help being frustrated as they continue to demand for Twipraland with violent protests and threats, even stooping down to the level of murdering a harmless journalist. These ST/tribal people have been comfortably living off our (GEN category people) income taxes all the while getting reservations, merit awards in schools/colleges and other free benefits which even the poorest of GEN category people are deprived of, yet rich ST people like the descendants of the royal family enjoy them.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Sep 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm
            India has been divided beyond imagination. Government militants are killing those who criticise their failures and corruptions,
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