MARGHERITA, Aug 23: The Margherita Journalists’ Association has issued a resolute condemnation of the physical attack on Bikash Baruah, bureau chief of DY365 satellite channel news in Assam. The incident, labelled as an act of cowardice, has sparked outrage within the journalistic community. In a joint press release, signed by president Partha Pratim Goswami and general secretary Prashanta Chetia, the association demands that proper legal action be taken against Santosh Phukan and his team, who were responsible for the assault.
The incident unfolded on a Tuesday night at Tinsukia Thana Chariali, when a group of five individuals, including Santosh Phukan – previously arrested in connection with a lottery scam in the Tinsukia district – physically attacked journalist Bikash Baruah. The attackers also employed indecent language targeting not only Baruah but also journalists across the Tinsukia district. The aggressors went further, issuing threats of dire consequences to Bikash Baruah.
Promptly after the incident, Bikash Baruah filed an FIR with the Tinsukia sadar police station. Based on this complaint, the Tinsukia police detained Santosh Phukan and the other individuals involved. The investigation is currently underway, and updates will be provided as new information surfaces.