Four years after journalist Santanu Bhowmik was hacked to death while covering a political protest at Mandwi village in Tripura, his family is still waiting for justice.
Santanu Bhowmik, a journalist with Channel DinRaat, a local cable television channel, was killed on September 20, 2017.
On Monday, several memorial programmes were held for Santanu, where the demand to bring his killers to book was repeated.
“My son is gone. I just want to see his criminals brought to justice before I die. What else can I ask for?” said Santanu’s mother Papri Bhowmik.
“We haven’t got justice for Santanu’s death yet. He was working to expose people conspiring to destabilise peace in the state. He was brutally killed” said his coll
Meanwhile barely two months after Santanu’s killing, Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, of Syandan Patrika, a local Bengali newspaper, was shot inside Tripura State Rifles (TSR) 2nd battalion headquarters at RK Nagar in West Tripura on November 21. Their murders had been among the key issues on which Tripura’s 2018 Assembly polls were fought.
Then-ruling CPI(M) had accused Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) cadres of being involved in Santanu’s killing. However, IPFT, now a partner in the state government with the BJP had rubbished the allegations.
The Left Front government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the issue, a move opposed by journalists, who demanded a CBI probe.
This demand found place in the BJP’s Vision Document for the Assembly polls, and shortly after taking charge, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb handed over the case to the CBI.
But unfortunately Santanu yet to get justice.