FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Agartala, Nov 21: A jourlist was shot dead on Tuesday by a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) trooper during an altercation in Bodhjung gar in Tripura, police said.
“Tapan Debbarma, the bodyguard of the TSR’s Second Battalion Commandant, opened fire killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik on the spot,” a police officer said.
The body of Bhowmik, a reporter of “Syandan Patrika” and local television channel “Venguard”, was brought to Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital here for postmortem.
On September 20, a television jourlist, Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was killed allegedly by some activists of a party in Mandai, 35 km from here.
The Bharatiya Jata Party has called a 12 hour Tripura Bandh on November 23 in protest against the premeditated killing. A spokesman of the party said the killing is an instance of how the Left Front government is desperate to prevent the people’s voice from being raised.
No official version is available yet about the circumstances that lead to the firing from point blank range. Superintendent of Police (West) Abhijit Saptarshi told the reporters that on receiving information about the firing incident the police rushed to the spot and found that his body was lying in a pool of blood.
According to sources, commandant of the 2nd Battalion Tapan Debbarma himself invited Sudip Datta Bhowmik for some important discussion.
The body will be taken for funeral tomorrow. His elder brother Pradip Datta Bhoumik, who is the News Editor of a daily Dainik Sambad, condemned the incident and demanded a proper investigation.
On receiving the information about the incident, the entire jourlist community rushed to the GB Hospital and expressed grave concern over the security of the jourlists in Tripura. Editor of Syandan Patrika Subal Dey said: “It appears to be an incident of planned and calculated murder.”