23 November 2017
By Justice Nwafor
Respite is on the way to the family of a journalist who was shot dead by a senior Indian army officer as the Indian Police has announced that he has been arrested and charged to court.
The Journalist, Sudip Dutta Bhaumik, according to AFP, was allegedly killed by a junior officer when he went to a paramilitary base in the northeastern state of Tripura on Tuesday to investigate allegations of financial fraud against senior officer.
What is happening now
According to the Indian Police, “Tapan Debbarma, the commandant of the Second Tripura State Rifles, was arrested Wednesday on charges he ordered his bodyguard to shoot the reporter.
“He (Debbarma) was arrested yesterday and produced before the magistrate. He has been remanded to 10 days of police custody,” local police superintendent Pradeep Dey told AFP on Thursday morning.
“His security guard Nandu Reang was arrested on Tuesday”.
Motivation to shoot…
On Wednesday Bhaumik’s editor, Subal Kumar Dey, said the murder was linked to articles the reporter had written.
He was the third journalist to be killed in as many months in India and newspapers in Tripura on Thursday carried blank editorial pages in protest.