Agartala: The two women journalists who were arrested by the Tripura police for their ground report on recent vandalism in the state were granted bail by a district court on Monday, hours after they were arrested from Nilambazaar police station in Assam’s Karimganj district and brought back to Tripura.

The two women journalists, Samriddhi K Sakunia and Swarna Jha, were produced before the Udaipur Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Monday by Gomati district police.

Tripura police officials said a case under section 153A/153B/193/504/120B/204 IPC was under investigation by Kakraban police station and the two journalists were told to meet the police. But instead of coming to Agartala, the two reporters allegedly went towards Assam, police said.

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Earlier on Sunday, a Tripura police statement said that the duo were earlier found involved in spreading communal hatred at Pal Bazaar under Fatikroy PS under North Tripura under which the concerned police station had registered a case against the duo and the they were served with notices U/S 41A Cr.PC. They were supposed to appear before the investigation agency by November 21, according to their convenience, the police said.

Senior Advocate and counsel for the two women journalists Pijush Kanti Biswas said that two women journalists were arrested from Karimganj by Tripura police on Sunday.

“They had come from Mumbai to cover the news which was being largely circulated all over social media on alleged vandalism on mosques and minority families. They had come here for ground reporting on the violence and attack on minorities in Udaipur, North Tripura’s different places where it was said that mosques were attacked. They published the news on social media and said that the mosque and Quran were burnt, against which the police took up a case and said that all these were done to instigate communal hatred among different communities,” Biswas said.

He further said that during the argument before the CJM Court, he made it clear that the journalists have the right to report and the case does not stand against them.

“The police took the case based on their assumption which is not justified. A case under section 153A/153B/193/504/120B/204 IPC was registered by Kakraban police station. This is not acceptable and the state is trying to suppress the voice of the media which is not welcoming. We are waiting for the court order,” Biswas said.

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