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Is 150 crore scam the reason behind the destruction of Tripura newspaper?

6,000 copies of Tripura newspaper was destroyed. Pratibadi Kalam editor Anol Roy Choudhury suspects the reason is due to a series of reports on an alleged Rs 150 crore agriculture scam

Is 150 crore scam the reason behind the destruction of Tripura newspaper?

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Nov 2020 4:44 PM GMT

Agartala: Director general in-charge of Tripura police, Rajiv Singh told that a complaint was registered at Radhakishorepor police station and an investigation is ongoing to identify those responsible.

Pratibadi Kalam, a vernacular newspaper of Tripura lost some 6,000 copies, which gets despatched to 3 different districts in Tripura. The newspapers were snatched and destroyed i.e burnt and thrown away from passenger buses at Udaipur in Gomati district on Saturday morning.

Editor Anol Roy Choudhury suspects the assault was due to the coverage of an alleged Rs 15 crore agriculture scam the newspaper had published over the last 3 days.

"We published a series of reports in which Agriculture minister Pranajit Singha Roy's name came up among others," said the editor.

Editor Choudhury has named 11 persons in his complaint led by one alleged Raju Mazumdar responsible for 'forcefully unloading' bundles of newspapers from a bus en route to Agartala-Sabroom.

Agartala Press Club's outgoing secretary Pranab Sarkar, outgoing president Subal Kumar Dey and others met DIG Soumitra Dhar at the state police headquarters requesting for strict actions regarding the issue. The press club is scheduled to have an election on Sunday.

The assault was condemned by senior journalist Jayanta Debnath at the Assembly of Journalists, a forum for protection of media freedom has given 24 hours to the police to nab the culprits, failing which they would assemble for a sit-in demonstration around the police headquarters.

Veteran journalist Jayanta Bhattacharya believes it is an infringement on the rights of media and expresses his fear for media's future if a trend as such continues.

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