TSR constable Nandalal Reang, who allegedly shot dead the journalist, was arrested on the Tuesday itself and yesterday the commandant of the 2nd battalion of the TSR, Tapan Debbarma, was also arrested for conspiring to kill the scribe.
The senior crime reporter had written 11 articles in daily Syandan Patrika against massive financial irregularities in the 2nd battalion of TSR. He was rushed to the Agartala Government Medical College where he was declared brought dead.
It further urged the Press Council of India to take suo motu cognizance of the murder of Sudip Datta Bhowmik and take suitable steps to bring the killers of the journalists to the book. His phone was also missing, Ali added.
He demanded immediate arrest and suspension of the commandant.
Newspapers in Tripura protest against killing of journalist
A delegation of journalists visited the headquarters of the TSR battalion for an on-the-spot inspection. "The Chief Minister is also the Home Minister of the state and he can not evade the responsibility", Pranab Sarkar, secretary of the Tripura Journalists Union told reporters. The KPC in a press release issued by its general secretary, Alice Yhoshü urged the government of Tripura to take up the case with all sincerity and seriousness and perform a thorough probe into the killing.
The state BJP said it has briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the incident and he has sought a report from Governor Tathagata Ray.
However, shocked Tripura journalists on Wednesday expressed disappointment with national media for showing "lack of interests" in the killing of journalists in the northeast. "My condolences to the family of the deceased", Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle.
On September 20, the journalist of a local television channel, Santanu Bhowmick, was killed at Mandai in the district when he went to cover an agitation by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).