Mizoram journalists who staged a statewide sit-in demonstration on March 13.
Newmai News Network
Aizawl | March 13
Mizoram working journalists under the aegis of Mizoram Journalist Association (MJA) on Tuesday staged a peaceful sit-in-demonstration in all parts of the state seeking justice for journalists and blaming the Assam police for their alleged brutality and highhandedness against Mizoram journalists during a “clash” over border dispute last week.
In Aizawl, the sit-in-demonstration was held near Vanapa Hall in which the protesting journalists carried placards blaming the Assam police for their “senseless and inhuman action” against Mizoram journalists, who went to Zophai paddy field, to cover the border standoff.
The protesting journalists also carried several placards that reads “We demand justice for Mizo journalists,” “Assam police, you should educate yourself of democracy,” “We brutally condemns the brutality of Assam police,” and “We demand termination of Hailakandi DC/DM Adil Khan,” among others.
Information and Public Relation minister Lal Thanzara expressed regret for the alleged brutal and inhuman act on Mizoram journalists by Assam police. Stating that the alleged brutal attack on students journalists as ‘unfortunate’, the minister said such “inhuman action should not be repeated anymore”. He also slammed the Assam police for the incident and asked the Assam government to look into the matter.
MJA president Vanlalrema Vantawl also said that the “attack on the journalists was part of the violation of democracy and freedom of the press”. He also strongly slammed the Assam police for “resorting to lathi charge” on the students and journalists during the clash last week.
Leaders of Mizoram Journalists Association (MJA), said at least 8 journalists, including two women reporters, associated with different media houses were “brutally attacked and thrashed” by Assam Police despite showing their press credentials to substantiate their identity.
The allegations came after some Mizoram journalists who went to the spot last week narrated their ordeal before the MJA leaders. MJA also alleged that motor bikes which bore ‘Press’ sticker belonging to journalists were also damaged by the policemen.
The journalist body demanded the Assam government and other concerned authorities to find out the policemen involved in the alleged brutal attack and give them stringent punishment.