Indian journalist killed whilst covering political clashes

Indian journalist killed whilst covering political clashes

Clashes have previously broken out in Agartala (Stock image)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Indian journalist has been killed whilst covering political clashes in the country, the second murder in less than a month of someone working in the media.

Journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was murdered less than three weeks ago in Bangalore, according to Le Figaro.

Yesterday (September 20) reporter Shantanu Bhowmick was covering the clashes breaking out between political party supporters near Agartala. It was at this time that he was beaten to death.

Clashes had broken out between supporters of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and the CPI(M)’s tribal wing.

IPFT is currently calling for the state of Twipraland to be separate from the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.

Senior police official Abhijit Saptarshi told AFP that the body of a journalist was found at the location of the clashes afterwards.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the death of Bhowmick.

It has also been claimed that violence also left more than 12 security officers injured.