A journalist Sudeep Dutta Bhaumik was shot dead on Tuesday, allegedly by the bodyguard of a Tripura State Rifles officer in RK Nagar, about 20 km from Agartala. This is the second death of a journalist in Tripura in two months.
Sudip Datta Bhaumik worked with Bengali newspaper, Syandan Patrika, as well as local television news channel, News Vanguard.
According to the source “Sudeep had gone to meet the commandant of the Second Tripura State Rifles…after obtaining an appointment from him, “But when he reached there, he had an altercation with a PSO of the commandant outside the office, during which the PSO shot at him. Sudip died on the spot.” Sudeep’s body was brought to Agartala, and the officer was arrested.
On September 20, journalist Shantanu Bhowmik was killed in Mandai block in Tripura. The 28-year-old died during clashes between members of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura and Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the tribal wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has strongly condemned the repeated murder of scribes in Tripura and urged the Manik Sarkar led Government in Agartala to take serious note.