Santanu Bhowmik

20 September 2017

The 28-yer-old journalist who worked for Dinraat, a cable television channel in Tripura state, northeast India was attacked and fatally wounded while he was a protest in Mandwai near Agartala, the capital of Tripura.

He suffered head injuries from sharp objects during clashes between supporters of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal party agitating for a separate state, and the Ganamukti Parishad, the tribal wing of the Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPI-M), the ruling party in the state.

Bhowmik was covering the protest and road blockade by the IPFT when he was attacked, possibly with sticks and rods. The police found him with serious stab injuries and he was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’.