Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has fervently requested the newspapers and news channels to avoid the description of family members while narrating an accused person in any case. Commenting on journalist Santanu Saikia’s arrest by the Delhi police today for his alleged involvement in leaking government documents to corporate personnel, the journalist forum appealed the media outlets to spare his parent’s name in the narration.
Saikia, who used to work for New Delhi based economic newspapers for many years, lately run a portal relating to the Petroleum sectors. The police suspect his role in procuring and later providing secret documents relating to the Petroleum ministry to some private companies for personal benefits. He, along with few others, was detained by the police yesterday for interrogation and reportedly found some vital documents from their possessions.
“For any reason, we are convinced that Saikia’s father and mother, who were Assam’s best known journalist and author contributing immensely to our society, were no way involved with the alleged unlawful activities. Hence their names should not be used in the description of Saikia in this unwanted case,” said a statement issued by the JFA.
After a brief halt, Dimapur again hits media headlines for wrong reasons for yet another bizarre incident where miscreants shot dead a trader from Jorhat in broad day light on Sunday.
The incident took place at around 1 in the afternoon at Shyam Bazar the commercial hub of Nagaland when four miscreants caught the saw mill owner Ashis Saha and asked him to board on their vehicle.
A sudden altercation took place when the trader refused to board on the vehicle. Then the miscreants sprayed several rounds of bullets at him from a point blank range and disappeared from the spot.
Saha was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Search is on to nab the culprits. Initial investigation has yet to ascertain the reason behind the incident that sends shock and anger across the north eastern region.
The shoot out a assumes significance three months after an irate mob lynched a rape accused in public place after dragging him out of the Dimapur Central Jail.
Security forces belonging to police and army, in a joint operation arrested a cadre of National Democratic Front of Boroland-Songbijit faction from Mainaguri area on Tuesday under Kachugaon PS in Kokrajhar district. The cadre was identified as Bipul Mushahary alias Bigrai Mushahary, 31, of Mohendrapur, was trained in 2011. He was involved with extortion, money collection, kidnapping, arms peddling and providing logistic supports to banned terrorist organizations. A country made pistol and two bullet was recovered from him.