Tripura cop suspended for baton-charge at journalists

July 26th, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, July 26 (IANS) The Tripura government suspended a police official and transferred another for the baton attack on journalists and some activists of the opposition Congress earlier this month, an official said Tuesday.

As many as 11 journalists and photo-journalists were injured in Agartala July 10 while covering the Congress’s protest against the “discriminatory policies” towards medical students in the state.

“Police Inspector Jahangir Hussain, officer-in-charge of College Tilla police station, was suspended while Narayan Saha, officer-in-charge of East Agartala police station, has been transferred with immediate effect for the reported assault on journalists July 10,” a senior official told reporters.

The decision came on the directive of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, following a series of agitations launched by the media persons in the Left-ruled state.

The Assembly of Journalists, which has been spearheading the agitation demanding action against police officials, also sought punitive action against the west Tripura district police chief, Anees Prasad, who allegedly led the baton-charge on media persons here July 10.

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