SIVASAGAR, May 2: Media persons associated with Sivasagar District Journalists Association, Brihattar Sivasagar Press Club, E-media Association, Sivasagar Press Club and Sivasagar Sports Journalists Association on Tuesday carried out a demonstration in front of the deputy commissioner’s office demanding arrest of a controversial contractor Nirmal More under non-bailable sections in connection with an attack on a video-journalist of the town on Monday.
Nirmal More was earlier arrested by Sonari Police on charges of physically attacking a member of the AJYCP in Sonari recently and was brought to Sivasagar on Monday. Meanwhile, AJYCP members and some people were carrying out a demonstration against More in front of his Babupatty residence when someone reportedly threw stones from atop the building grievously injuring the video journalist. Sivasagar police, though booked the accused contractor under bailable sections 324 and 336 (case no 61/2023), the press community at large want strict police action against More. The five media organisations on Monday also submitted memoranda to the deputy commissioner for taking stern action against the accused More, but no such action was seen against the person.
Sivasagar police superintendent Subhrajyoti Bora, IPS, in a press conference said that the accused could not be arrested and forwarded to the jail for lack of evidence as there was no evidence that the stone came from inside More’s building in which the reporter got hurt and the accused person was not at home at the time of the incident. But the media persons present at the time said that there was a barrage of stones thrown at the people gathering outside their residence from the side of the building. The relatives of More too misbehaved the media persons present there.
The entire media persons on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the commissioner & secretary, Home, Government of Assam through the Sivasagar deputy commissioner Aditya Vikram Yadav, IAS, for taking prompt action against the accused. The media persons were led by senior scribe Manoj Kumar Borthakur, Bhairov Munda, Enamul Hazarika, Ananta Smith, Bhaskarjyoti Das, MI Bora, Firoj Khan, Abhijit Duwora, Jayjyoti Gogoi, Khalillur Hazarika Rahman, Jinul Ahmed, Bahar Ahmed, Mozakir Ahmed,Biswajit Bora, Musabbir Ali,Himangshu Neog, Sahanara Begum, and Bobita Bharali, Moni Gogoi, Prasanta Borgohain. Yadav urged the media persons to help the district administration so that the law and order situation remains peaceful.