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Newspapers burnt down in Diphu

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DIPHU, June 30 � Activists of Karbi organisations like Karbi Students Association (KSA), All India Karbi National Assembly (AIKNA), Karbi Unemployed Association and Karbi Students and Youth Council (KSAYC) jointly burnt down newspapers, both national and local, here today.

According to reports received, the group of activists of the aforesaid organisations blocked the TATA Sumo vehicle (AS-02C5367) carrying newspapers from Nagaon at Birula, Diphu this morning. They asked the driver and handyman of the vehicle to unload all the newspapers.

Subsequently, all the packets of the newspapers were burnt down on the road by the activists of the Karbi organisations and threatened the driver not to carry newspapers to Diphu till negotiation starts. According to the activists of the aforesaid organisations, State newspapers published from Guwahati give no importance to news based on fact and development.

Meanwhile, as the news spread condemnations from different social organisations came from every corner in the district.

An urgent meeting was called by the Diphu Press Club at its office today and the jurnalists fraternity strongly condemned the anti-media activity of the Karbi organisations.

Condemning the incident, senior journalist and editor of a local vernacular newspaper Solangdo Borsing Rongphar, said: �It is a direct attack on the fourth pillar of democracy. Instead of committing such things, they could also protest in other way.� No problem can be solved by the method of violence. So whatever the organisations did today is really condemnable,� Rongphar said.

On the other hand, Sum Ronghang, president, Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee, also condemned the incident.

It needs to be mentioned here that along with the Diphu Press, Howraghat Press Guild and Bakaliaghat Press Club also strongly condemned the incident.

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Newspapers burnt down in Diphu

DIPHU, June 30 � Activists of Karbi organisations like Karbi Students Association (KSA), All India Karbi National Assembly (AIKNA), Karbi Unemployed Association and Karbi Students and Youth Council (KSAYC) jointly burnt down newspapers, both national and local, here today.

According to reports received, the group of activists of the aforesaid organisations blocked the TATA Sumo vehicle (AS-02C5367) carrying newspapers from Nagaon at Birula, Diphu this morning. They asked the driver and handyman of the vehicle to unload all the newspapers.

Subsequently, all the packets of the newspapers were burnt down on the road by the activists of the Karbi organisations and threatened the driver not to carry newspapers to Diphu till negotiation starts. According to the activists of the aforesaid organisations, State newspapers published from Guwahati give no importance to news based on fact and development.

Meanwhile, as the news spread condemnations from different social organisations came from every corner in the district.

An urgent meeting was called by the Diphu Press Club at its office today and the jurnalists fraternity strongly condemned the anti-media activity of the Karbi organisations.

Condemning the incident, senior journalist and editor of a local vernacular newspaper Solangdo Borsing Rongphar, said: �It is a direct attack on the fourth pillar of democracy. Instead of committing such things, they could also protest in other way.� No problem can be solved by the method of violence. So whatever the organisations did today is really condemnable,� Rongphar said.

On the other hand, Sum Ronghang, president, Karbi Anglong District Congress Committee, also condemned the incident.

It needs to be mentioned here that along with the Diphu Press, Howraghat Press Guild and Bakaliaghat Press Club also strongly condemned the incident.