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2017 Tripura Pre-Poll violence Mandai victim Journalist Santanu Bhoumik's 1st death anniversary : Slow investigation by CBI fingers at BJP Govt's Intention
TIWN Sep 20, 2018
2017 Tripura Pre-Poll violence Mandai victim Journalist Santanu Bhoumik's 1st death anniversary : Slow investigation by CBI fingers at BJP Govt's Intention
PHOTO : Journalists remembered murdered Journalist Santanu Bhoumik on 1st death anniversary. TIWN Pic Sep 20

AGARTALA, Sep 20 (TIWN): No justice even after handing over Tripura's young Journalist Santanu Bhoumik's murder case to CBI, neither a single tweet was dedicated by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb from Delhi on Santanu's first death anniversary, has shocked major section of state's journalists. Questions raising at Biplab Deb Govt whether CBI investigation was to punish the culprits or to save its ally IPFT activists, who are the main accused in Santanu Bhoumik murder case. Tripura's pre-poll violence fueled only any-Govt sentiments in 2017 ahead of Assembly Election, whereas BJP took the highest political mileage of both Journalists Santanu Bhoumik and Sudip Datta Bhoumik murder cases. But within 1 year of completion, after gaining power with media publicity, how the ruling BJP forgot Santanu Bhoumik ? Not even "crocodile's tear" was performed by the present Govt. In 2017 journalists also burnt "press jacket" in front of the then Chief Minister Manik Sarkar's residence who didn't visited Agartala Press Club when Santanu's dead body arrived on the next day, but no journalist could imagine BJP Govt will give "Jumlas" in return of its own Political mileage.

Even though CBI booked hundreds of IPFT activists including party MLA's but surprisingly no action then was taken since the news publication by PTI, whereas, source said that as long as IPFT maintains the alliance with BJP, they (IPFT) are safe. 

Demanding faster move of CBI and State Govt's attention in slowly-investigated journalist Santanu Bhoumik murder case who was killed before a year in this same day, Tripura journalists have paid tribute to him (Late Santanu Bhoumik). Candles were lighted under the banner of "Forum for Protection of journalists", in front of Rabindra Bhawan attended by around 30 journalists.  

However, no journalist is satisfied with the investigation speed of CBI when Chief Minister Biplab Deb didn't bother to dedicate a single tweet from Delhi for the slain journalist, whereas before the election BJP took the highest mileage of Santanu's killing by politicizing the murder incident, even though the main accused were none other than BJP's ally IPFT, which aligned with BJP to unseat the previous Left Govt.

Santanu Bhoumik was killed on September 20, 2017 when he was collecting news during IPFT led violence in Mandai. Santanu during a political clash was hit by heavy stick on his head and soon he was stretched to a jungle and was brutally killed. In last year on November 21, another journalist of Sandyan newspaper Sudip Datta Bhoumik was shot dead at Tripura State Rifles (TSR) 2nd Bn HQ allegedly by Commandant Tapan Debbarma.

However both the cases have been handed over to CBI. It's hoped that CBI will do proper investigation and speed up the whole process.

Recently BJP has sought Z-category security for Chief Minister Biplab Deb, but in last 6 months atleast 20 journalists were attacked across the state. 


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