Tripura State Rifles Commandant Arrested in Journalist Alleged Murder Case

Tripura State Rifles Commandant Arrested in Journalist Alleged Murder Case

Police in Tripura on Wednesday had arrested the Commandant of 2nd Tripura State Rifles Tapan Debbarma in connection with Sudip's alleged murder. Sudip Dutta Bhowmuk was shot at point blank by a Tripura State Rifle trooper at RK Nagar, almost 20 km from the state capital. the Tripura State Rifles are a state police force specialized in performing counter Insurgency operations in the State, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

As a mark of protest against the killing of Sudip Datta Bhaumick, a reporter of a Bengali daily Syandan Patrika, in Agartala on Tuesday, all newspapers barring Daily Desher Katha, the mouthpiece of the ruling CPM, left their editorial columns blank on Thursday.

NDTV quoted a police officer saying, "Tapan Debbarma, the bodyguard of the TSR's Second Battalion Commandant, opened fire killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik on the spot", a police officer said.

"It was a cold-blooded murder and Sudip was killed because he had written 11 news items exposing the commandant", he added.

The killing came just two months after a local television journalist was killed in the north eastern state.

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Bhowmik was cremated at Battala and the final rites were attended by hundreds of journalists and other professionals. The journalists in Agartala took out a protest march with the body of the slain journalist.

The guild said another incident within months is indicative of the seriousness of the threat to journalists in Tripura and the need for the state government to pay heed and take steps urgently to provide safety for journalists.

The protesting journalists also burnt jackets which had been provided to them by the police for the objective of identification. "The Chief Minister is also the Home Minister of the state and he can not evade the responsibility", Pranab Sarkar, secretary of the Tripura Journalists Union told reporters.

Earlier, on September 20, a journalist, Santanu Bhowmik, was killed allegedly while he was covering a road blockade agitation of the IPFT.

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