A journalist was thrashed by unknown folks after he criticised Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s “will not forgive” touch upon the state’s media. Mr Deb had in an occasion on Saturday criticised the media for publishing tales of alleged mismanagement of the coronavirus disaster by the BJP authorities.
Parashar Biswas, a journalist with a Bengali every day in Tripura, had simply recovered from COVID-19 an infection, which he contracted whereas on responsibility. After he was discharged from a COVID-19 care unit, he made a video criticising the Chief Minister for allegedly threatening journalists.
He made the video on Friday night time whereas within the COVID-19 care centre, DGP (In-Cost) Rajiv Singh mentioned.
The journalist’s submit was seen as aggressive in tone, with some social media customers criticising him for not adhering to a good method of addressing a Chief Minister.
Mr Biswas was thrashed at his home in Ambassa, the headquarters of Dhalai district, on Saturday night time. He was critically injured and was taken to a hospital in state capital Agartala, sources mentioned.
“We’ve got filed a case and are investigating the assault,” Mr Singh advised NDTV on cellphone.
Subal Dey, the editor of Syandan Patrika, the place Mr Biswas works, mentioned, “He was attacked inside a day after the Chief Minister issued a menace towards the media and inside 12 hours of his Fb submit. We suspect this assault to have been carried out by BJP members.”
On his Fb submit, Mr Biswas mentioned, “I wish to warn the Chief Minister that he mustn’t attempt to threaten the media. At present I’m posting this. There might be many others in future.”
At a time when the centre has despatched a workforce of specialists to Tripura to assist the state authorities combat rising instances of COVID-19, and the state noticed the very best mortality price within the northeast, Chief Minister Biplab Deb criticised a section of the media for publishing stories of alleged mismanagement of the coronavirus disaster, on the sidelines of a ceremony for a particular financial zone in Sabroom on Saturday. Union Minister Piyush Goyal led the inspiration stone by way of video-conferencing.
Mr Deb had mentioned he wouldn’t “forgive” the media for his or her alleged “confused” reportage. “A number of newspapers and journalists are getting overexcited and complicated the folks of Tripura. Historical past wouldn’t overlook them. I may also not forgive them. Individuals of Tripura is not going to overlook them. Biplab Deb is not going to overlook them. I do what I say, I maintain my phrases. Historical past will stay witness to it,” Mr Deb mentioned.
Journalists within the state on Sunday held a gathering in Agartala and underneath a discussion board referred to as “Meeting of Journalists”, they’ve requested the Chief Minister to withdraw his assertion towards a piece of the media within the state. The journalists mentioned they’d in any other case be compelled to take up the matter with the Governor, Prime Minister, and the Press Council of India.
“Inside 24 hours of Chief Minister’s public menace to newspapers, a journalist has been attacked, overwhelmed brutally. This has led to a sense of insecurity amongst journalists within the state,” the Meeting of Journalists mentioned in an announcement.
All these developments come days after the Tripura Excessive Courtroom sought studies from the state authorities over its anti-coronavirus measures and infrastructure inside every week or earlier than September 18.