TRIPURA
Copies of newspaper destroyed in Udaipur, Tripura

Miscreants on Tuesday morning destroyed all copies of a Bengali daily, ‘Pratibadi Kalam’ in Udaipur in Tripura.

The incident took place when the vehicle carrying the copies of the newspaper, reached Udaipur Rajarbag motor stand, where miscreants destroyed about 600 copies and threw them on the street.

Anal Roy Chowdhury, editor and owner of the newspaper, has lodged a complaint with the Radha Kishorepur Police Station.

A group of 30-40 people led by Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh leader, Raju Majumder reportedly carried out the incident.

Anal Roy Chowdhury said, “The whole incident is very unfortunate. I appeal to the media fraternity to come forward against the incident.”

He said news on corruption involving Rs 150 crores in the state agriculture department was being published in the ‘Pratibadi Kalam’ for the past three days. The agriculture minister and director were involved in corruption. Since the first news was published, the BJP mandal committee has been conducting rallies against the newspaper at various places in the Gomati district.

The Assembly of Journalists, the largest platform for media workers in Tripura, has claimed that 24 journalists have been attacked in the past 30 months.

In September, the Chief Minister had made some statements against the media. This was widely protested by the Assembly of Journalists.

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