NORTH LAKHIMPUR, April 30 - A two-hour sit-in protest by North Lakhimpur Press Club against recent attacks on journalists across the State was held today at North Lakhimpur.
The members of the NL Press Club sat for a two-hour-long protest against the incidents in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s Office, North Lakhimpur demanding strict action against the perpetrators of the crime and protection of journalists from all forms of attacks and intimidation. The sit-in protest by the NL Press Club were also attended by members of Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS) and several other organisations.
Meanwhile, former Assam Deputy Chief Secretary and Congress candidate for Tezpur Parliamentary Constituency MGVK Bhanu today addressed a press meet at the NL Press Club. He visited North Lakhimpur to see the strong rooms where polled EVMs and VVPAT machines have been stored. The visit comes in the wake of transportation of unused EVMs from Tezpur to a private warehouse in Amingaon, Kamrup Rural without the knowledge of concerned political parties. Addressing the media, Bhanu said that the transferred EVMs from Tezpur had not been verified before political parties to be unused and termed it a greater wrongdoing by the concerned authorities. He demanded a high-level inquiry into that act and to start necessary action against the officials who had conducted that transfer. However, the Tezpur Congress candidate expressed his satisfaction at the safe provisions undertaken by authorities in Lakhimpur district on poll materials.
IN NAGAON: The district body of the All Assam Journalists� Union along with various organisations like AASU, AJYCP, Krishak Sramik Unnayan Parishad and others staged a protest today at Nagaon Swahid Bhavan campus against the recent attacks on some media persons.
The journalists� body as well as the other organisations also demanded immediate protection of the journalist community. The district president of the journalists� body H Borah said that the recent statewide attack on media persons was nothing but an attack on Indian democracy and on the freedom of speech. He appealed to the State government to ensure safety of the media community in the State by all means and also spoke about a special act for the safety of the media persons.
During the protest, senior journalists like Sailen Saikia, Kanak Hazarika, Chandan Jyoti Borah and leaders of the local organisations also spoke on the issue.
IN DHEMAJI: The working journalists of Dhemaji district under the banner of the District Journalists� Association conducted a meeting protesting the attacks on the working journalists of the State, at the Dhemaji Press Club hall on Tuesday.
The meeting chaired by Dhemaji District Journalists� Association (DDJA) president Ashwini Duwara took serious note of the recent incidents on working media persons and adopted a resolution to stage protest against the heinous crime.
The DDJA members sharply condemned the act of violence and urged the State-level journalist body to take up the issue with the State and Central governments.
Terming the act as �inhuman� and �anti-democratic�, the DDJA members called on the working media persons to take a united stand to fight against anti-democratic elements.
Senior journalists � Dilip Hazarika, Ashini Duwara, Premananda Talukdar and others, who spoke on the occasion, urged the State government to formulate an act for protection of the working media persons.
The meeting finally adopted resolutions to move the State government to ensure safety, compensation to the victims besides help to the injured media persons along with their family members.