Journalist Santanu Bhowmick Kidnapped, Stabbed to Death While Covering IPFT Protest in Tripura
Agartala, Sept 20: A local television journalist was kidnapped and stabbed to death while covering the agitation and road blockade by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) on Wednesday. Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist from ‘Dinrat’ news channel, was covering the agitation and road blockade by the IPFT when he was abducted by unknown persons. He was later found with serious injuries and taken to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Abhijit Saptarshi, Superintendent of Police of West Tripura district, said Santanu Bhowmick was hit from behind and kidnapped when he was covering the IPFT protest. Information Minister Bhanulal Saha visited Agartala Medical College and Hospital where Bhowmick was brought in critical condition. The state Health Minister Badal Chowdhury condemned the killing of the journalist.
The situation at Mandai remained tense on Tuesday after more than a hundred activists of the Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP), the tribal wing of the ruling CPI-M, were injured in a clash with IPFT workers. The violent clash broke out at Chhankhola area of Khowai district when Parishad supporters gathered at the bus stand to travel to Agartala for a GMP rally, Khowai Superintendent of Police Nagendra Debbarma told reporters.
At least 118 GMP activists were injured and 15 buses were damaged after IPFT workers attacked with sticks and iron rods. Personnel from the Tripura State Rifles and Assam Rifles were deployed in sensitive areas of the district and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in Tulashikhar and Rajnagar apprehending breach of peace, the SP said.