Director General of Police A K Shukla has asserted the joint forum of media in Tripura that police would investigate the statement of CPI-M MP Shankar Prasad Datta, CPI-M state committee member Subrata Chakraborty and three other communist cadres who have been abusing journalists for demanding CBI probe into the murder of TV journalist Shantanu Bhowmik on September 20 last. He, however, assured that the police has already started investigation into the abusive posts against the journalists in social media and advised the journalists to lodge immediate complaint to police if anybody gets any threator intimidation from any quarter. " We are committed to ensuring peaceful environment in the state and whoever tries to create unrest at any level police will not spare them. Tripura police is also capable of dealing with any case related to social media and related to information technology," Shukla told media delegation last night. Convenor of the forum and veteran journalist Subal Kumar Dey alleged that the agitating journalists have been getting threat over telephones during the past three days warning them to stay away from the demand of CBI enquiry into the death of Shantanu besides, social media. "The miscreants are also making threat calls to a leading television channel asking to stop airing the agitation of journalists, civil societies and political parties who are demanding CBI enquiry into Bhowmik's murder. At least three CPI-M activists, including a state secretariat member, abused the journalists who has been demanding CBI probe in social media and openly instigating the public against the demand," Dey stated. CPI-M MP Datta in a public speech yesterday accused the journalists who have been demanding CBI probe for Shantanu murder and said, "Shantanu was murdered due to them. The journalists, editors and proprietors of some newspapers and channels are always fuelling to unrest. They are now paid for the demand of CBI. I urge the people of Tripura to be careful about such elements." The statement triggered serious resentment across the state and journalists demanded Datta to probe his statement otherwise, to seek apology. Not only the journalists, civil society members who have supported the movement threatened to life in social media. "Most unfortunately, CPI-M MP Shankar Prasad Datta made a derogatory comment against the journalists agitating for CBI investigation and we shall move the appropriate forum to probe his statement," Dey said adding that the MP alleged that journalists have been creating trouble in the state and now they are being paid for continuing candlelight vigil demanding CBI.
Moreover, the father of slain Shantanu Sadhan Bhowmik and his family were also under pressure for changing the statement of his demand of CBI inquiry. Bhowmik last week asked for CBI probe into the murder of his son alleging that he doesn't have any faith on police because Shantanu was murdered in presence of police and police is still shielding the criminals. The journalists of the state have launched mass signature campaign to press for their demand of CBI probe into the death of the young television journalist.UNI BB KK
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