Tripura reporter shot dead by policeman during argument

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"We have the information that Sudip Datta Bhaumik had gone to meet the commandant of the Tripura State Rifles on his invitation and in a mysterious circumstances he was shot dead by a PSO", said Mr Sanjib Deb a senior journalist at Agartala to this newspaper. According to police, Reang opened fire from his AK-47 assault rifle, killing Bhowmik on the spot.

Reang was the bodyguard of Second Battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma. He was rushed to the GB Panth Hospital where he was declared dead.

He was working for the Bengali daily Syandan Patrika, India Today reported. Also, there were other follow up measure they took to hush up the evidence by taking away the body to a distance.

"In a matter of two months, the journalist fraternity in the Northeast in general and Tripura in particular has lost two precious souls who have endeavoured to discharge their professional duties selflessly", a Club statement noted.

Police, however, claim Sudip had stolen an envelope containing money or some confidential documents from Debbarma's table while the latter was in the toilet on Tuesday.

The journalist had an argument with the Tripura State Rifles personnel after which one of the soldiers shot him at point-blank range.

He said: "I would see the end of the killing".

An Indian soldier shot dead a journalist following a dispute, police said on Wednesday (22), the country's third high-profile media killing in barely three months.

With assembly polls due next year, the murder has heated up the political atmosphere in the state.

"The "bandh" called by BJP is totally undemocratic".

The Congress has demanded a high-level inquiry into the murder.

While the cortege was moving towards the crematorium ground, a large group of agitated journalists strayed from the procession and staged a demonstration in front of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar's official residence. Bhaumik is survived by his wife and two children.

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