Agartala: A day after a mob ransacked and torched the office of Pratibadi Kalam, a vernacular media house in Agartala, a delegation of 10 journalists on Thursday met Tripura Inspector General of Police (IGP) (Law & Order) Arindam Nath.
The delegation expressed concern as no arrests had been made even 12 hours after the incident and a written complaint to the police. The scribes demanded “quick and strict action”.
IGP Nath assured the journalists that an inquiry into the attack on the offices of PB24 and Pratibadi Kalam would be conducted by the crime branch.
Speaking with reporters, senior journalist and Agartala Press Club secretary Pranab Sarkar said the delegation discussed in detail the attack on the two media organizations. Editor of Pratibadi Kalam Anal Roy Chowdhury, journalists Sanit Debroy, Samiran Rai and others were among those present.
“We were informed that the investigation into the attack on PB24 and Pratibadi Kalam has been handed over to the crime branch. The reason the crime branch has stepped in is because the editor said the attack took place in the presence of the officer in-charge. We have asked for a quick inquiry and they have assured it,” Sarkar said.
The delegation said the police have also assured that they will probe the attack carried out on the office of another daily named Desher Katha.
“Inspector General of Police (Law & Order) Arindam Nath visited the offices of the two media houses along with a team and took stock. Today, officials from the crime branch visited the office of Pratibadi Kalam and assured that no such incident will take place in future after we expressed our apprehensions,” Sarkar added.
Sanit Debroy, senior journalist and editor of Ajker Fariyad, said “We asked the police to visit the spot since none of the senior officials had visited the area where the offices are located since yesterday. We asked them to do a recce of the locality since there is a sense of panic. And because panic cannot be measured by the number of cameras broken or the number of vehicles torched.”
“There is panic in the entire locality, in the offices and minds of the journalists. We asked the police to take measures accordingly and they have agreed. The police will also look into providing security to media houses that feel insecure,” Debroy added.
He said the police also assured them of compensating the organisations after making as assessment of the lost property.
On Wednesday, a mob had attacked the office of Pratibadi Kalam and ransacked the building. They also vandalised the vehicle of editor Anal Roy Choudhury and set fire to motorbikes of journalists working there.
Meanwhile, clashes between the opposition CPI-M and the BJP had also left more than 60 people injured in different places on Wednesday. In Agartala, party offices of the opposition CPI-M were set on fire in several locations including the head office in Agartala.
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