Shantanu Bhowmick killed: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 to continue in parts of West Tripura after scribe's murder

A prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC is in force in certain areas of West Tripura and Khowai districts in wake of the killing of Shantanu Bhowmick on Wednesday

PTI September 22, 2017 21:21:00 IST
Shantanu Bhowmick killed: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 to continue in parts of West Tripura after scribe's murder

Agartala: Prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC is in force in certain areas of West Tripura and Khowai districts in wake of the killing of a local journalist on Wednesday, police said.

"The prohibitory order would continue at Mandai, Khumulwung and Jirania areas (West Tripura) for another 48 hours considering the situation," SP (West), Abhijit Saptarshi said.

A peaceful dawn-to-dusk bandh, called by the ruling CPM in protest against the scribe's killing was observed on Thursday in the Jirania block.

Shantanu Bhowmick killed Prohibitory orders under Section 144 to continue in parts of West Tripura after scribes murder

File image of Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) members. PTI

The CRPF and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) are patrolling the area, Saptarshi said.

DM of Khowai, Sanjib N Mahatma, also said the prohibitory order would continue in Chhankhola and adjacent areas of Padmabil, Gayamuni, and Baizalbari until normalcy is restored.

Santanu Bhowmick, a journalist working with a local television channel, was covering a clash between the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the Tripura Rajyer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the tribal wing of the CPM, in Mandai area of West Tripura when he was hit from behind and abducted.

Later, Bhowmick was found with serious stab injuries and was rushed to Agartala Medical College and Hospital where doctors declared him 'brought dead'.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had on Thursday held a high-level meeting with top officials of Assam Rifles, Border Security Force, Tripura State Rifles and Tripura Police to review the situation.

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