SILCHAR: Press Club of Karimganj has taken umbrage at the arrest of two Delhi-based female journalists, Swarna Jha and Samridhi Sukunia, by Nilambazar police. This has taken the media fraternity of the border district by surprise and questioned the wisdom of the police and the grounds of their detention. The unsavoury incident just on the eve of National Press Day is all the more reprehensible. According to information, the journalists were arrested on the basis of a case filed in Tripura. They were filing reports on the recent communal disturbances in the State.
Clarification that came from Tripura police is most disturbing. During the filing of the report, they were alleged to have delivered hate speech, leading to a breach of peace in the society. Mihir Deb Nath, president of Karimganj Press Club, said, "If it was so then why should they be arrested outside Tripura? Moreover, the case could be decided by the court and not by the police." He demanded their immediate release.
On receiving information of their arrest, members of the press club rushed to Nilambazar police station, 20 kms from Karimganj. All of them expressed their solidarity with the journalists in detention and assured them necessary help. The members of the team included Habibur Rahman Choudhury, chief advisor, Shrishendu Shee, working president, and Arup Roy, general secretary. The latest information is that both the journalists were released on bail.