by NEWSNER , 2021-03-25 18:22:06
A journalist was allegedly attacked by unidentified men at a village within the Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura district on Wednesday. Following the incident, the journalist, identified as Bikash Das, has been accused of molestation.
Das works with ‘Syandan Patrika’, a neighbourhood vernacular daily, as a correspondent for the Kanchanpur sub-division. A case was lodged with the Kanchanpur police station by Das’s family under IPC Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and Section 324 (hurting one with dangerous weapons and customary intention of several people.
So far, nobody has been arrested within the case, said the police. “We are investigating the matter. Nobody has been arrested till now,” Kanchanpur sub-divisional policeman Pranab Debnath said.
According to the complaint lodged by Digen Das, brother of the injured scribe, some persons attacked him with sharp weapons within the village. He received grievous injuries on his head and was taken to a neighbourhood hospital in Kanchanpur after which he was shifted to a special hospital at Dharmanagar within the district.
Condemning the incident, the Tripura Working Journalists Association and Assembly of Journalists have demanded immediate arrest of the accused.
Meanwhile, during a press release issued by the office of Assistant officer of Police Subrata Chakraborty, said Bikash Das is additionally a ‘contractor’ by profession. The AIG said the journalist had gone to the spot to look at the continued construction of a pump house for the Department of Water Source (DWS) worth Rs 21 lakhs.
According to the police, Das is claimed to possess charged the family of a villager with stealing bricks. “He had gone to the villager’s house and was involved in an altercation alongside his wife, who has also lodged a complaint of molestation against him,” the police statement reads.
Apart from two journalists killed in 2017, seventeen journalists were allegedly assaulted last year in Tripura. Three of them were wounded while covering a political clash between ruling BJP and opposition CPIM at Khayerpur in West Tripura in December last year.