TINSUKIA, Sept 4 � Protesting the arrest of Jaikholong Brahma, a TV journalist, scribes of both print and electronic media of Tinsukia under the aegis of Tinsukia E-media Forum and with the cooperation of Tinsukia Press Club and Tinsukia District Journalists� Association have staged a one-hour sit-in protest dharna by wearing black clothes on their faces in the District Library compound here today. They also observed the day as a Black Day.
The Tinsukia scribes termed the arrest as a conspiracy by police to cover their own failure to curb the atrocities committed by militants groups on innocent people. The scribes said that the attack on mediapersons is not a new matter under the present State government and demanded unconditional release of Brahma. They also threatened of a Statewide agitation if Brahma was not released soon. The dharna saw participation by office-bearers and members of the scribe bodies besides representatives of several students, youths and social organizations of the dsitrict.
Our Diphu Correspondent adds: The Diphu Press Club also staged a similar dharna and criticized the role and action of State police and government in arresting Brahma.
The police is attacking and obstructing the duty of the forth pillar of the democracy to cover the failure of the State government to maintain normalcy on the law-and-order front, officials of the press club said.
Similar protests by media fraternities were also witnessed at Howraghat, Bakaliaghat, Dokmoka and Bokajan. Members of the Howraghat Press Guild also staged a dharna in front of the Howraghat Police Station by covering their faces with black cloths. Condemning the arrest of Brahma, members of the Press Guild demanded immediate release of the journalist.
Besides, activists of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) Karbi Anglong district unit also observed as �Black Day� today protesting against the police action on the forth pillar of the democracy. They also condemned the arrest and demanded Brahma�s immediate release.
Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: The Bongaigaon Greater Press Club today staged a 2-hour protest demonstration wearing black badges in its office premises protesting the arrest of Brahma and demanded his early release.
Our Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: The Kokrajhar Press Club also staged a two-hour sit-in-demonstration from 10 am in the heart of Kokrajhar Town at Pragati Bhaban in protest against the arrest of Brahma on September 3 night.
Supporters and activists of ABSU, AASU, ABMSU, BJP and various social organisations joined the two-hour dharna with the KPC members.
Later KPC submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.