Two journalists, including a woman, have come under attack in separate incidents in Nalbari and Tinsukia districts of Assam, a police officer said on Friday.
Rajen Deka, a correspondent with Assamese daily ‘Dainik Asom’, was assaulted with sharp weapons Thursday night allegedly by BJP activist Ripul Deka alias Baba at Tegheriattari village of Nalbari, he said.
“Rajen, who was on his way home, sustained serious injuries on his head, chest, wrist and arms. He is currently undergoing treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital,” the officer said.
The BJP activist, accompanied by some youths, managed to escape in an auto-rickshaw after the attack, he said.
In a separate incident in Tinsukia district, Upasana Barua Goswami, a journalist with a local television channel was also allegedly attacked by a group of miscreants when she went to a restaurant with her family.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to take prompt and stern action against those who had assaulted two journalists 540 km apart on Thursday night.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern over the physical assaults on two journalists of the state in separate incidents and urged the authorities to take stringent actions against the culprits.