TV journalist beaten to death while covering protest in north-east India

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A young television journalist has been killed in the North-Eastern Indian state of Tripura while covering a protest, police said on Thursday.

28-year-old Shantanu Bhowmick from Dinraat news channel, was attacked and abducted late Wednesday while he was at protests held by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura, the state’s police chief AK Shukla said.

The incident took place in Mandai in West Tripura district. Bhowmick was later found with multiple stab wounds and died by the time he reached the hospital.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the reporter’s death, but four people were detained on separate charges related to the political violence, Saptarshi said.

Bhowmick’s death brings the number of reporters killed in India since the early 1990s to 29, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Indian journalists at a road blockade set up over the killing of journalist Shantanu Bhowmick in Agartala, India.

It comes just a fortnight after the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party, whose death sparked an outpouring of anger.

The 55-year-old was shot dead by three unknown gunmen as she entered her home in the southern city of Bangalore in Karnataka state on 5 September. No one has yet been identified or arrested in connection with the killing.

In 2015 India was ranked the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Reporters Without Borders – although most deaths occur in remote rural areas away from the major urban centres. In April, the press freedom group ranked the country 136th of 180 countries in its world press freedom ratings, blaming “Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of ‘anti-national’ thought from the national debate”.

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