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Journalist’s death: Assam CM orders probe

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GUWAHATI: Following the death of a journalist in Assam’s Tinsukia district, Assam government has ordered a probe. The local news channel for which the journalist was working has claimed it to be a murder.

Journalist Parag Bhuyan was hit by a vehicle in Kakopathar, around 550 km away from Guwahati on Wednesday. He died in a private hospital on Thursday.

Parag is brother of former Assam minister Jagadish Bhuyan. Jagdish left BJP opposing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and is coordinator of All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) promoted new regional political party Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

Assam CM Sarbananda sonowal said that taking note of various allegations regarding the death of senior journalist state government has directed a CID inquiry into the matter.

Sonowal condoled the death of senior journalist Parag . The Chief Minister said, “Late Bhuyan has made significant contribution in the field of journalism and his death is an irreparable loss to the society. I convey deep sympathy to the bereaved family and pray for eternal peace of the departed soul”.

Police seized the vehicle that knocked down Bhuyan and arrested its driver James Murha and handyman Baba Bordoloi from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh.

Pratidin Time, the private news channel, has cried foul over the incident. The organisation in a statement has claimed that the journalist has been ‘murdered’.

“The speeding vehicle had hit him right in front of his home and escaped right through a police check gate. This morning only after the intervention of the chief minister through the DGP, the police sprung into action and seized the vehicle after 15 hours of the incident. The initial lacklustre approach of the police gave us reason to be suspicious about the whole incident and we suspect that the brave journalist was murdered as he is doing a series of reporting exposing the illegalities and corruption around Kakopathar aera. He had also received earlier personal threats” said the Editor-in-chief of the channel Nitumoni Saikia.

Saikia said, “We the Pratidin Time suspect it as planned murder and demand a detailed inquiry into the whole incident and give justice to family of late Bhuyan and Pratidin Time.”

Gauhati Press Club (GPC) condoled the death of senior journalist. GPC demanded a high-level inquiry to probe the causes and circumstances leading to the untimely death of Kakopathar-based senior journalist. Further, GPC urges the DGP, Assam to form an SIT to investigate the case in a time bound manner.

AJP and AASU, while demanding a probe, stated state government has to ensure the security and safety of the journalists.

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