Commandant of TSR battalion arrested in senior Tripura journalist's murder

Sudip Dutta Bhaumik

Sudip Dutta Bhaumik

Sudip is the second journalist to have been murdered in broad daylight in Tripura in the last 2 months.

Subal Kumar Dey, Editor of the Syandan Patrika, a leading vernacular daily published from Agartala where Bhaumik was engaged as a senior reporter, talking to Oneindia over phone alleged "Bhaumik was called to the camp by the Commandant on Tuesday".

Summary: In a shocking indecent, a journalist was shot dead on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in Bodhjung Nagar in Tripura.

In a statement here, MEPA General Secretary Phillip Marwein demanded exemplary punishment to deter others, including law enforcers, to stop crimes against media persons which he said occurred there at regular intervals. "It's a conspiracy. Bhaumik had done three investigative news items against the Commandant".

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Various journalist organisations in the northeast, including the Tripura Working Journalists Association, the Tripura Journalists Union (TJU) and the Agartala Press Club, have denounced his killing and demanded a high level probe into the incident.

Tripura governor Tathagata Roy has said he is going to Delhi and will submit a report to Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sudip's killing.

They were both remanded to police custody for 10 days.

"He was shot dead inside the office of the commander by a soldier", Saptarshi said, adding the soldier claimed Bhaumik had tried to snatch his rifle.

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The personal guards of the commandant Tapan Debbarma identified as Nanda Reang was arrested and investigation is progressing well.

The shocking death of Bhaumik comes after another journalist in the state was lynched by a mob on September 20 while covering clashes between police and several tribal militant groups. He was allegedly hit on the head from behind and abducted.

Soon after the incident, Bhowmik was taken to the Agartala Government Medical College where he was declared brought dead.

But police yet to arrest the accused rather trying to save him.

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