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Bhowmick case: Tripura CM to �discuss� SIT probe with cops

By The Assam Tribune
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AGARTALA, Sept 25 - Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has told a delegation of visiting journalists he will �discuss� their demand for an SIT probe into the killing of Shantanu Bhowmick with senior police officials, the government said today.

A delegation of Agartala Press Club had called on Sarkar yesterday and demanded that an SIT be formed to probe Bhowmick�s death and the trial be held in a fast-track court.

Bhowmick, who worked with a TV channel in Agartala, was covering an agitation by Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura in Mandai area on September 20 when he was hit from behind and abducted. He was later found with serious stab injuries and died before he could be admitted to a hospital.

Sarkar also assured the delegation he would look into the demand for setting up a fast-track court, the statement said.

The opposition Congress party has demanded a judicial inquiry into the case by a sitting high court judge. BJP�s State unit has demanded a CBI inquiry.

�The State police cannot investigate impartially as the incident had occurred in the presence of police personnel,� BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha told reporters on Thursday.

Three persons have been arrested in connection with the killing, police said. � PTI

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Bhowmick case: Tripura CM to �discuss� SIT probe with cops

AGARTALA, Sept 25 - Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has told a delegation of visiting journalists he will �discuss� their demand for an SIT probe into the killing of Shantanu Bhowmick with senior police officials, the government said today.

A delegation of Agartala Press Club had called on Sarkar yesterday and demanded that an SIT be formed to probe Bhowmick�s death and the trial be held in a fast-track court.

Bhowmick, who worked with a TV channel in Agartala, was covering an agitation by Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura in Mandai area on September 20 when he was hit from behind and abducted. He was later found with serious stab injuries and died before he could be admitted to a hospital.

Sarkar also assured the delegation he would look into the demand for setting up a fast-track court, the statement said.

The opposition Congress party has demanded a judicial inquiry into the case by a sitting high court judge. BJP�s State unit has demanded a CBI inquiry.

�The State police cannot investigate impartially as the incident had occurred in the presence of police personnel,� BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha told reporters on Thursday.

Three persons have been arrested in connection with the killing, police said. � PTI

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