Tripura journalist attempts self-immolation

July 21st, 2011 - 12:25 am ICT by IANS  

Agartala, July 20 (IANS) A journalist of a vernacular daily in Tripura Wednesday attempted self-immolation in front of the police headquarters here demanding reimbursement of his medical expenses.

Kazi Plaban, reporter of a local daily “Nagar Darpan”, was among 11 journalists and photo-journalists injured in Agartala July 10 while covering the Congress’ protest against the alleged “discriminatory policies towards the state’s medical students”.

“Kazi Plaban used petrol to set himself afire in front of the police headquarters Wednesday afternoon,” a senior police official said.

He said that police and fire service personnel immediately doused the fire and took him to hospital.

Plaban told police that he was attempted to immolate himself to bring to notice his agony that though he was injured in the police cane charge July 10, no one was bothered about his treatment or about his poverty-stricken family.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who visited Plaban at the hospital Wednesday night, said that the state government would bear the expenses of his treatment.

“The self-immolation bid of a journalist was unprecedented, sad and pathetic,” Sarkar said in a statement.

The Assembly of Journalists, which was reconstituted recently, spearheaded the agitation demanding suspension of police officials who allegedly led a police baton charge on media persons here July 10, expressed serious concern about the self-immolation attempt.

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