Another Journalist Murdered: Santanu Bhowmick Killed While Covering Tripura Protest

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| September 21 , 2017 , 08:54 IST

Not even a month after senior journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh was murdered in her Bengaluru home, a journalist from a local TV news channel was kidnapped and killed on Wednesday in the West Tripura district.

The journalist Santanu Bhowmick from 'Dinrat' news channel had been reporting the agitation and road blockage by the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) when he was hit from behind and kidnapped, Superintendent of Police of West district, Abhijit Saptarshi said.

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Bhowmick was later found with serious injuries and was rushed to the Agartala Medical College and Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival, Saptarshi said.

Describing the situation at Mandai as tense, the SP said that orders restricting gatherings of more than 4 people were in place and additional police personnel were being brought in to prevent any untoward situation.

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The CPM and BJP's Tripura unit condoled the death of Bhowmick while levelling blame at one another.

CPM tweeted, "BJP backed IPFT Hooligans murder Reporter #SantanuBhowmik in Tripura. CPIM strongly condemns this brutal murder!".

BJP Tripura wrote, "Journalist #ShantanuBhowmick (27) murdered covering political clash in #Tripura. Law and order nonexistent only violence under CPI(M) rule."

Over a hundred activists of the Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP), the tribal wing of the ruling CPM, were yesterday injured in a clash with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) at Chhankhola area of Khowai district, about 40 km from Agartala.

Speaking to reporters, the Khowai Superintendent of Police Nagendra Debbarma said that the clashes took place when supporters of the Parishad gathered at the bus stand to travel to Agartala for a GMP rally when they were attack by IPFT workers with sticks and iron rods. In the clash that broke out, at least 118 GMP activists were injured and 15 buses were damaged.