Agartala: A peaceful dawn-to-dusk bandh, called by the ruling CPO(M) in protest against the killing of a local journalist, was observed on Thursday in the Jirania block area of West Tripura district, police said. Police also said that they arrest four in this case.
Avijit Saptarshi, Superintendent of Police (SP), Tripura West, said, “Everything was closed. Vehicles did not ply. Financial and educational institutions remained closed. There was no report of any untoward incident.” The Assam-Agartala NH 44 was, however, exempted from the bandh.
Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist working with a local television channel, was covering a clash between the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajyer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the tribal wing of the CPI(M), in Mandai area of West Tripura on Wednesday when he was hit from behind and abducted.
Later, Bhowmick was found with serious stab injuries and was rushed to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.