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Driver missing since scribe killing in Tripura

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AGARTALA, Sept 23 - A 27-year-old driver, who was returning to Agartala from trouble-torn Jampuijala with a Delhi-based journalist psephologist and his local guide, has remained missing since September 20, the day when a local TV journalist was brutally murdered by IPFT supporters at Mandai area of West Tripura district.

A missing entry was lodged by the missing driver�s wife with East Agartala police station here on Friday, an official said.

The Delhi-based journalist Sajjan Kumar and his local guide � Biswajit Debbarma reached here safely the same day. Jiban Debnath, driver of the vehicle went to Jampuijala along with duo on September 20.

�While on way to Agartala, they halted at Khumulwng. Suddenly, a group of IPFT supporters appeared there and took the driver to an undisclosed location but they did not touch the journalist and his guide�, said the officer.

�Since then, the driver, a resident of Pratapgarh could not be traced out�, he said, adding security personnel are trying to find out the missing driver.

The Delhi-based journalist told the police that he along with Biswajit went to Jampuijala in connection with an assignment � an analysis on possible election trend being a Psephologist attached with The New Indian Express. Biswajit was detained by police for interrogation, said the police.

Bar on Internet: Meanwhile, despite peoples� outcry, the Tripura Government has extended the blanket restriction on Internet and its enabled services � Faceblook, Whatsapp and Twitter till Sunday 10 pm on Sunday, highly placed sources said.

The decision will be reviewed on Sunday. The decision has irked the people further as they could not browse Internet-enabled services especially on-line in the run up to Durga puja.

The government suspended Internet and its enabled services in the aftermath of the killing of Santanu Bhowmik, a local TV journalist at Mandai by alleged IPFT supporters.

The move was aimed at preventing spreading of rumours through Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter that may result in communal tensions in some vulnerable areas. Although the move has resulted in an adverse impact on banking, insurance and online system, it appeared handy to control communal tension in the trouble-torn areas.

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Driver missing since scribe killing in Tripura

AGARTALA, Sept 23 - A 27-year-old driver, who was returning to Agartala from trouble-torn Jampuijala with a Delhi-based journalist psephologist and his local guide, has remained missing since September 20, the day when a local TV journalist was brutally murdered by IPFT supporters at Mandai area of West Tripura district.

A missing entry was lodged by the missing driver�s wife with East Agartala police station here on Friday, an official said.

The Delhi-based journalist Sajjan Kumar and his local guide � Biswajit Debbarma reached here safely the same day. Jiban Debnath, driver of the vehicle went to Jampuijala along with duo on September 20.

�While on way to Agartala, they halted at Khumulwng. Suddenly, a group of IPFT supporters appeared there and took the driver to an undisclosed location but they did not touch the journalist and his guide�, said the officer.

�Since then, the driver, a resident of Pratapgarh could not be traced out�, he said, adding security personnel are trying to find out the missing driver.

The Delhi-based journalist told the police that he along with Biswajit went to Jampuijala in connection with an assignment � an analysis on possible election trend being a Psephologist attached with The New Indian Express. Biswajit was detained by police for interrogation, said the police.

Bar on Internet: Meanwhile, despite peoples� outcry, the Tripura Government has extended the blanket restriction on Internet and its enabled services � Faceblook, Whatsapp and Twitter till Sunday 10 pm on Sunday, highly placed sources said.

The decision will be reviewed on Sunday. The decision has irked the people further as they could not browse Internet-enabled services especially on-line in the run up to Durga puja.

The government suspended Internet and its enabled services in the aftermath of the killing of Santanu Bhowmik, a local TV journalist at Mandai by alleged IPFT supporters.

The move was aimed at preventing spreading of rumours through Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter that may result in communal tensions in some vulnerable areas. Although the move has resulted in an adverse impact on banking, insurance and online system, it appeared handy to control communal tension in the trouble-torn areas.

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