Tripura Police Book Two Journalists For Instigating Communal Enmity in State

Tripura Police on Sunday booked two Delhi-based journalists, reporting on the recent alleged communal violence in the state.

Agartala:The journalists identified as – Sammriddhi K Sakunia and Swarna Jha, were served notices to record their statements. Both the journalists have been booked under sections relating to spreading communal disharmony, committing insult with intent of provoking breach of peace and criminal conspiracy.

According to police, the FIR was registered by the Fatikroy police station against Sammriddhi and Swarna on Saturday night following specific complaints about instigating local Muslims and compelling them to make a statement against Viswa Hindu Parisad (VHP) that Pal Bazar mosque was set on fire-raising ‘Jai Sree Ram’ slogan on Oct 23.

The journalists, on the other hand, claimed they were in Tripura for a ‘ground report’ on last month’s communal disturbances and has sought police permission as well as protection for the same.

Samriddhi K Sakunia in a video tweet claimed that the state police their travel details citing grounds of security and later posted cops outside their hotel, preventing them from going anywhere.

When the police later asked them to come in for questioning, they consulted their lawyers and later the police served them a notice asking to appear again on November 21 here.

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