Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expressed concern at the suspected assault by miscreants on Guwahati-based journalist Naresh Mitra, who works for Times of India, and demanded proper investigation into the ‘accident’ that took place on Friday night in Guwahati.

On that fateful night after completing his duty at the TOI office in GS Road, Mitra went home on his modified bicycle at around 10:30 pm. He was later recovered in an unconscious condition inside on way to his home. Initially, Naresh was admitted in GMCH but later his family shifted him to Nemcare hospital.

The senior journalist, widely known for his frequent environmental reporting, has received injuries on his head. He is still in the ICU and an operation was conducted on Sunday morning. Attending doctors informed his close relatives that it may not be a simple case of accident. They apprehend it as an assault case by miscreants.

“We strongly demand a high-level probe into the incident. Moreover, we wish his early recovery and express hope that soon he would regain full consciousness and be able to explain the event,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

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