Northeast Tripura

Tripura: Media office attacked, vehicles put on fire, four journalists hurt

Fresh violence between BJP members and CPM in Tripura left at least 10 persons injured, two party offices were burnt down and many vehicles were damaged in Wednesday’s clash.

A leading newspaper office was attacked in Agartala during the violence. Several vehicles and two-wheelers were set ablaze which were parked in front of the office. Many computers and other assets were also vandalised.

According to reports, four Journalists of the “Pratibadi Kalam”, a leading vernacular daily, were also injured during the fiasco.

The Editor and Publisher of the “Pratibadi Kalam” Anal Roy Chowdhury in his FIR to the police said that after a BJP party rally, the ruling party workers led by leaders attacked and ransacked his media office and burnt down cars and two-wheelers parked in front of the office.

The FIR said, “At least four Journalists were injured in the attack. All papers and documents, computers and CCTV cameras were destroyed while a huge contingent of police remained as silent spectators. The police did nothing. The goons were armed with lathis and sharp and deadly weapons and one of our Journalists namely Prasenjit Saha was hit on the back of his head by a sharp weapon injuring him seriously,”. The injured were later rushed to a nearby hospital.

Roy Chowdhury said that such a violent attack on a media house never happened in Tripura in the past.

Many media organisations and senior Journalists and Editors including Agartala Press Club Secretary Pranab Sarkar visited the newspaper office and vehemently condemned the attack and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.

Talking to media persons, Former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar said, “If the police did not arrest the attackers within 12 hours, we would launch massive agitations to get justice. Government must compensate for the damages done by the attackers,”.

This is not the first incident in Tripura where journalists were attacked. Earlier, Tripura has faced similar kinds of violence against journalists.

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