A journalist who was 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 was beaten to death on Wednesday afternoon. The journalist, Shantanu Bhowmik was working for a local television news channel. The DIG of Tripura Arindam Nath said that four IPFT members have been arrested in connection to the death, Indian Express reported.
Bhowmick was a 28 year old reporter with Dinraat channel, who had gone to Mandai, about 35 kilometres from Agartala, to cover the clash between IPFT and TRUGP, the CPI(M)’s tribal wing. As the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse th crowd, a mob attacked Bhowmick. According to an Agartala journalist, Bhowmick was first hit in the leg following which he feel on the road. “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,” the journalist said.
The incident took place around 12.30 pm and his body was recovered later by the police from the stadium. A CBI inquiry has been demanded by The Tripura Journalists’ Union (TJU). A silent funeral possession will be organised inAgartala on Thursday by The Agartala Press Club and Tripura Working Journalists’ Association (TWJA).