Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) demands probe into scribe’s mysterious death

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Bijendeep Tanti

JFA demands probe into scribe’s mysterious death

Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing shock over the mysterious death of  Tinsukia based scribe Bijendeep Tanti,
demands a high-level probe into the incident.  Engaged with a private channel (NewsTimeAssam), Bijendeep was found dead at his rented office room on Saturday (8 August 2020). He runs a Facebook portal named DinPratidinNortheast. He left behind his wife and two children with other relatives.

Bijendeep, 32, was away from his residence for two days. Family members thought he was staying in his office, as he used to do so
occasionally, but his mobile was switched off. The people nearby his office in Tinsukia town saw it was closed for two days and bad smell
came out of it. When the door was opened in presence of the police, Bijendeep was seen lying with injuries on his neck. The police started
investigation and picked up two individuals for interrogations.

“Bijendeep Tanti becomes the eleventh Assam based media person, we have lost during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown,” said JFA president
Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that earlier senior journalist Prakash Kr Jha, printer-publisher Rantu Das, scribes Ripul
Kalita, Manik Sarma, Pijush Kanti Das, Mozahedul Haque, Padmeswar Chitrakar, Bhaskar Dutta, Pranjal Hazarika and Dimpi Kashyap died in
different medical emergencies.

Let pandemic cast no pall on I-Day spirit: Sangbadik Sangha Purbanchal Guwahati, 9 August 2020: India is waging a rousing battle against
Covid-19 with the world brought to its knees by the pandemic. Indians have been saluting their Covid warriors and with the country’s 74th
Independence Day drawing near, now is the time to renew their pledge to stand tall, strong and proud. May they congregate under the
Tri-colour on August 15, albeit observing social distancing norms and other Covid-19 precautions this year as responsible citizens, said a
statement by the newly constituted journalists’ association for eastern India ‘Sangbadik Sangha Purbanchal’ (SSP).

“Independence Day along with Republic Day provide the opportunity every year to Indian nationals to honour and pay tribute to martyrs
who made immense sacrifices to liberate their motherland. The struggle continues for every generation of Indians to keep their country
strong, united and relentlessly forging ahead in the face of all challenges external and internal” said the SSP in its statement.

Born with the objective to bring together all professional journalists of Eastern India on an inclusive platform and enhance their capacities
through developmental, intellectual and research activities, the SSP is committed to strive for the cause of journalists based in Eastern
India and safeguard their interests. It also aims to encourage the exchange of ideas among journalists in the region, as well as promote
understanding and cooperation with their counterparts based in other parts of India through regular interactions and shared agenda.
Presently headquartered at Shed no. 28 (a), Bye-lane 2, Industrial Estate, Guwahati-21, Assam, the forum aims to undertake  various
beneficial programmes for needy scribes.

The first meeting of SSP, held recently in the city under the chairmanship of veteran journalist DN Chakraborty, adopted a number of
resolutions including an immediate relief programme for media persons facing hard times due to the pandemic. A Convener Committee comprising senior journalists Rupam Barua, Iswar Mahanta, Chandra Kr Barua, Anjanil Kashyap, Sewali Kalita, Jagadindra Raychoudhury and Nava Thakuria was also formed to pursue necessary activities of SSP at its inception.

The meeting was attended by Rubie Das, Khagen Saikia, Girindra Kumar Karjee, Raman Bora, Kamal Krishna Das, Bhupen Goswami
and other journalists.