Naresh Mitra

A Guwahati based scribe has been found injured on a secluded street in Assam’s capital city.

Naresh Mitra, a senior journalist working with The Times of India, was found with severe head injury at an area under Bhangagarh police station of the city on Friday night.

Mitra was on way back home from office around 10.30 pm, his colleagues said.

He was later dropped at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) by some unidentified persons.

Mitra was profusely bleeding from his head when he was brought to the hospital.

Family members later shifted him to the Nemcare hosipital the same night.

Though initially he was conscious and spoke to the attending persons, Naresh slowly went unconscious and sill in the hospital bed.

Although initially it was thought to be a case of accident, the doctors at the hospital who operated upon him on Sunday morning, told family members that injuries are similar to that of assault—raising suspicion about the whole incident.

“I was told about the incident. A case has already been registered. We are trying to get the CCTV footage of the area to check what has actually happened that night,” Guwahati East DCP said Ranjan Bhuyan told Northeast Now on Sunday.

“Mitra was admitted to our hospital on Friday night. He was shifted to the ICU. On Sunday morning, we had to perform a surgery as his condition deteriorated. The surgery was successful. He is recovering at the ICU,” said a spokesman of the hospital.

The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed concern at the suspected assault by miscreants on Mitra, and demanded proper investigation into the case.

“We strongly demand a high-level probe into the incident where Naresh got injured on that night. Moreover, we wish his early recovery and express hope that soon he would be able to explain the situation,” JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria said in a statement.

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