Newspapers in Tripura on Thursday chose not to publish editorials by leaving the space blank to protest the killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik.
Police in Tripura on Wednesday had arrested the Commandant of 2nd Tripura State Rifles Tapan Debbarma in connection with Sudip’s alleged murder. Journalists in the north-eastern state had expressed their dismay over the lack of coverage by the Delhi-based media on Sudip’s murder.
The Press Council of India, meanwhile, has asked for a report from the Tripura government on the killing of a 48-year-old journalist.
Sudip was working with Bengali newspaper Syandan Patrika. He was gunned down on Tuesday following an altercation with the TSR constable.
The killing came just two months after a local television journalist was killed in the north eastern state. On 20 September another journalist Santanu Bhowmick was killed at Mandai in West Tripura district when he went to cover an agitation by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).
According to a report by PTI, the PCI chairman taking suo-motu cognisance of the issue ordered to immediately seek a report on the matter along with a reply from “the chief secretary, the secretary (Home), Director General of Police, Government of Tripura and Commandant of 2nd battalion of TSR.”
West Tripura superintendent of Police (SP) Abhijit Saptarshi had said that Sudip was gunned down around 2 PM inside the headquarters of the 2nd battalion of the TSR at R K Nagar.
TSR constable Nandalal Reang, who allegedly shot dead the journalist, was arrested on the Tuesday itself and yesterday the commandant of the 2nd battalion of the TSR, Tapan Debbarma, was also arrested for conspiring to kill the scribe.
Both were sent to police custody for ten days.