Tripura scribe death: Prohibitory orders continue in some areas

Prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC is in force in certain areas of West Tripura and Khowai districts.

Published: 22nd September 2017 09:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2017 09:45 PM   |  A+A-

Journalist Santanu Bhowmick (Photo | Facebook)

By PTI

AGARTALA: Prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC is in force in certain areas of West Tripura and Khowai districts in wake of the killing of a local journalist on Wednesday, police said.

"The prohibitory order would continue at Mandai, Khumulwung and Jirania areas (West Tripura) for another 48 hours considering the situation," SP (West), Abhijit Saptarshi said.

A peaceful dawn-to-dusk bandh, called by the ruling CPI(M) in protest against the scribe's killing was observed yesterday in the Jirania block.

The CRPF and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) are patrolling the area, Saptarshi said.

DM of Khowai, Sanjib N Mahatme, also said the prohibitory order would continue in Chhankhola and adjacent areas of Padmabil, Gayamuni and Baizalbari until normalcy is restored.

Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist working with a local television channel, was covering a clash between the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajyer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the tribal wing of the CPI(M), in Mandai area of West Tripura yesterday when he was hit from behind and abducted.

Later, Bhowmick was found with serious stab injuries and was rushed to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him 'brought dead'.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had yesterday held a highlevel meeting with top officials of Assam Rifles, Border Security Force, Tripura State Rifles and Tripura Police to review the situation.

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