The horrific killing of young journalist Santanu Bhoumik at Mandai in Tripura once again showed how much vulnerable scribes are in this country. Section 144 was imposed in two districts of Tripura on Thursday, a day after the television journalist was beaten to death while on an assignment to cover the clashes between the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP), the tribal wing of CPI (M) in Mandai, in West Tripura.
Local media persons held protests outside Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s residence after television journalist Santanu Bhaumik was reportedly killed while covering a roadblock by a tribal party – Indigenous People’s Forum of Tripura – in Mandai Tehsil, on 20 September. Internet data services have since been suspended in Agartala.
Bhowmik, who worked for a local cable channel called Dinrat, hails from Dirania. He is survived by his mother and sister.
Close to 30 journalists have been killed across the North East in last 12 years, making it one of the most dangerous places for media in the country.