Special Investigative Team to probe Tripura Journo’s murder


Tripura Bureau

Agartala, September 29: To probe the recent murder case of TV Journalist Santanu Bhowmik, a 5 member Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted by Home Department of Tripura Government. IG of Tripura State Rifle (TSR) GS Rao will lead the team to investigate the murder case of Santanu, who was brutally killed at Mandai of Jirania Sub Division on September 20.

Besides IPS officer GS Rao, the SIT includes Addl SP Kishore Debbarma, Addl SP Nityananda Majumder and Prithwish Bhattacharjee and DIG (CID) Uttam Majumder.

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So far, three people has already been arrested in this case and was sent to police remand by the court after identification.

According to Police other identified accused persons are on the run to escape arrest and the SIT will be able to detect the case very shortly.

Meanwhile, one driver of a private vehicle was allegedly kidnapped by activists of a political party from a place near Agartala remained untraced for past nine days. Police even failed to arrest any suspect involved in the incident occurred at Khumulwng, headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), on September 20.

Missing of Jiban Debnath (28) had taken place same day young television journalist Santanu Bhowmik was murdered at Mandwai, not far from Khumulwng amid heightened political tension. In both places irate supporters of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) were holding protests.

It is to be noted that, Debnath was driving a vehicle which was hired by a Delhi based journalist, Sajjan Kumar, for a visit in interior places. He has a local contact named Biswajit Debbarma who helped with booking of the vehicle on September 19.

The vehicle with Kumar and his guide was passing through Khumulwng when some suspected IPFT members sprang in-front of it. They dragged out driver and forced him follow them.

The kidnapping occurred amid high volume tension and sporadic clashes between CPI(M) and IPFT supporters in several areas of West Tripura and Khowai districts. Occupants of the vehicle were spared and they later safely returned to Agartala.

However, Investigation Officer Debendra Debbarma of local Radhapur police station informed they could not trace him despite coordinated search operations. Search to rescue ill fated driver would continue, he added.

Later, Police interrogated Sajjan Kumar and his guide, and set them free. This was second incident of attack on a driver at Khumulwng with victim in the first incident was critically wounded.