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Journalist fraternity takes out protest march in Shillong

A Reporter
SHILLONG, April 19: As a sign of protest, members of the Shillong Press Club (SPC) and journalists from across the State carried out a silent march in the city condemning the recent incident in which miscreants lobbed a petrol bomb at the residence of The Shillong Times Editor Particia Mukhim.
On Tuesday (April 17), two unknown miscreants on a motor bike hurled a petrol bomb at the residence of the Editor around 8.30 pm.
According to police, investigation is in full swing to nab and punish the culprits involved in the incident as per the law.
Many journalists, during the silent march, carried placards and banners condemning the incident. During the march the journalist also stopped for a brief moment outside the gate of Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad and later proceeded towards Shillong Press Club to conclude the silent march.
Addressing the gathering of journalist after the march, SPC president David Laitphlang said, “We will not cower down from such threats and intimidation. However, we will stand united in such trying times.”
He also urged the police department to take up robust steps to hunt down the culprits and punish them as per the law.
In her short speech, Particia Mukhim said, “We should always stand together to brave such anti-democracy elements.”  “No one should come under attack in this society for simply doing their job. Such reckless criminality will not be tolerated,” she said. Mukhim added, “We will not dilute our writing just because these miscreants are after our blood. We should continue to be strong in our duty.” She also urged the young journalists to remain committed to the profession to work with love and dedication.

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