Tripura Journalist Union demands CJ’s intervention in two murder cases
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Tripura Journalist Union demands CJ’s intervention in two murder cases

The union also requested the CJ to look after the matter as no developments were made even after three years of investigation.

AGARTALA:

The Tripura Journalist Union (TJU) has demanded the intervention of the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court concerning the murder of two journalists.

TJU secretary Pranab Sarkar said that the union had sent a letter to the Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, AA Kureshi.

In the letter, the union sought the CJ’s intervention for a speedy investigation into the two murder cases.

The union also requested the CJ to look after the matter as no developments were made even after three years of investigation.

On September 20, 2017, tv reporter Santanu Bhowmik, 28, was murdered at Mandai, a tribal area of West Tripura District, while covering a political clash between members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) and the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).

On November 21, 2017, senior journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik’s body was found at the Tripura State Rifle (TSR) headquarters at RK Nagar. Bhowmik had died from a bullet wound.

The then left front government set up a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the murder.

However, journalist bodies across the state were not happy with the SIT and demanded a CBI investigation in both cases.

The murder cases were also brought up during the 2018 Tripura Assembly election. The opposition BJP had promised to push for a CBI investigation if they came to power.

Soon after the formation of the BJP-IPFT government, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb ordered a CBI investigation in both the murder cases.

Unfortunately, both the cases are under CBI investigation, but there are no developments till now, Sarkar said.

(Edited by Andre Kongri)

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