Agartala: Most newspapers in Tripura printed blank editorial columns Thursday to protest the killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik.
A seasoned crime reporter, Bhowmik was shot dead Tuesday at the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) camp in east Agartala. A rifleman reportedly fired at him at point blank range.
Another journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, was lynched while covering the violent Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) agitation in September.
The “murder” of two journalists within two months is “a matter of serious concern,” Tripura Times editor Manas Paul was quoted as saying by ANI. He Said “As far as institutional protest is concerned, we have left our editorials page blank for today’s edition of our newspaper. Murder of two journalists within 2 months is a matter of serious concern: Manas Paul, Editor, Tripura Times on killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik.”
A protest strike called by the BJP and the Congress has received a huge response. No untoward incidents have been reported.
Citizens have been inconvenienced by the strike, but they still feel it is justified. A Press Council of India report says 26 journalists were killed in the Northeast between 2002 and 2014.