Tripura has over a thousand journalists working across all eight districts of the state Credit: File image

Agartala: In yet another incident, two scribes were allegedly assaulted by a group of miscreants while they were covering news at Barpathari market, in Belonia sub-division under South Tripura district on Friday.

The duo were video-graphing a purported ransacking of a shop when they faced the attack by a group of youths.

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The two journalists were identified as Samir Kanti Debnath and Suman Nag, who are working in a local vernacular daily and local television channel, respectively.

The journalists were rescued by the local police. Later on, they filed an FIR at PR Bari police station naming four miscreants who allegedly attacked them while coverging the news.

Speaking with reporters, the duo said that upon receiving the information of ransacking of a shop, they rushed to the Barpathari market and started video-graphing the incident. When some of the persons engaged in ransacking the shops saw them capturing the incident, they were asked to delete the videos, to which they refused.

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“We were asked to delete the visuals which we had shot while the groups of miscreants were ransacking the shops. When we denied to delete the visuals, they tried to snatch the camera from us and assaulted us”, the scribes said.

The Belonia sub-divisional police officer, Soumya Debbarma said that based on the complaint received from the two scribes, investigation into the matter has already begun.

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The case has been filed under section 341 (wrongful restraint), 384 (extortion), 323 (willful injury), 307 (intention of causing injury), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Earlier, two journalists were physically assaulted on September 13, in Ambassa, Dhalai district and Sabroom in South Tripura district within 24 hours after the chief minister made the statement to not ‘forgive the media’.

Deb was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the special economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom on September 11 when he said that some newspapers were trying to confuse people of Tripura and said he would not ‘forgive them’.

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Journalists from various media houses came together to form Tripura Assembly of Journalists, a joint body for asserting media rights, and condemned the CM’s ‘threat on media’.

The Tripura Working Journalist’s Association (TWJ) has also severely condemned the attack over the journalist.

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