Majority of newspapers in Tripura left their editorials blank to protest against killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik. This comes a day after Commandant of 2nd Tripura State Rifles Tapan Debbarma was arrested on Tuesday night in connection with journalist Sudip's alleged murder case. Sudip Datta Bhowmik was reportedly shot dead inside the battalion headquarters of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) on Tuesday in Tripura's RK Nagar.
However, shocked Tripura journalists on Wednesday expressed disappointment with national media for showing "lack of interests" in the killing of journalists in the northeast. Sujit Chakraborty, eminent journalist and ex-secretary of Agartala Press Club, told New Indian Express, “The killing of Sudip didn't get prominent coverage by the national media. Except some small news items, they ignored the heinous crime. Had it happened in major cities, it would have got wider publicity by both national print and electronic media.”
Earlier, on September 20, a journalist, Santanu Bhowmik, was allegedly killed while he was covering a road blockade agitation of the IPFT.
Another journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead point blank outside her residence on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Karnataka on September 6, triggering protests in many parts of the country.