Journalist run over in Assam’s Tinsukia district; mediapersons call for high-level probe

A journalist of a local television channel, Parag Bhuyan, died on November 12 of injuries sustained in a road accident on November 11 near his residence in Kakopathar in Tinsukia district of Assam, with questions being raised on the mishap.

Bhuyan, who worked for Pratidin Time news channel, had stepped out of his house in the evening on November 11 to buy medicines when he was run over by a vehicle.

He was rushed to a private hospital in Dibrugarh, where he died on November 12.

The journalist was vice-president of Tinsukia Press Club and the younger brother of former minister Jagadish Bhuyan, who is also the convenor of the new political party formed by All Assam Students Union.

Bhuyan was involved in various investigative reporting and questions have been raised on the accident.

Meanwhile, a green tea leaf carrying vehicle was identified with help of local witnesses and CCTV footage of the Kakopathar police station, which is situated close to the accident site, as causing the mishap.

The vehicle was seized from Namsai in bordering Arunachal Pradesh on November 12 morning along with its driver and helper and brought them to Namsai police station.

Police said that the duo admitted of committing the accident and fleeing the spot, fearing crowd fury.

The driver and the helper were arrested in connection with the case and investigation has started, a police statement said.

Media organizations demand high-level probe

The Gauhati Press Club has demanded a high-level probe into the causes and circumstances leading to the untimely death of the Kakopathar-based senior journalist. In a statement on November 12, Gauhati Press Club president Manoj Kumar Nath and general secretary Sanjoy Ray said: “Keeping in view the manner in which the senior journalist lost his life, Gauhati Press Club demands a high-level inquiry. Further, GPC urges the DGP, Assam to form an SIT to investigate the case in a time-bound manner.”

“The circumstances under which the senior journalist has lost his life hints towards foul play, making it a fit case for a high-level inquiry,” the statement further said.

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) also expressed concern over the “mysterious road accident”.

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