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IJU demands punishment to culprits involved in the assault of journalist in Manipur

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Hyderabad, Oct 27:

Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has strongly condemned the incident of assault on a Manipur journalist and urged the State chief minister N. Biren Singh to book the culprits under the law. The national union of scribes also wished for an early recovery of Elangbam Rameshwar, who works as a Thoubal correspondent of Naharolgi Thoudang regional daily newspaper, which is published from Imphal.
Local media hinted that the handiwork was masterminded by some Congress workers in Thoubal locality of the north-eastern State, who was attacked by a group of 20 to 25 masked men in the morning hours on 24 October. The rural reporter faced the assault at his residence in the Heirok area. The assailants had reportedly vandalised his house also. Injured scribe Rameshwar has been hospitalised at Thoubal district hospital where he is slowly recovering from wounds.
Various political parties, civil society organisations, media bodies condemned the attack on the reporter, which is understood to be related to the forthcoming assembly polls in Manipur early next year. According to the reporter’s family member, the group of miscreants came to meet Rameshwar and then after some debates they started hitting him showing a ‘wrong/biased report’ by him on Naharolgi Thoudang. Later when the neighbours came to rescue him, the group fled.
“Assault on a scribe for his works is nothing but an attack on freedom of the press. The concerned authority must ensure identifying the culprits to punish under the provision of laws,” said a statement issued by IJU president K. Sreenivas Reddy and secretary general Balwinder Singh Jammu adding that the political parties must adhere to the principle of respecting the public voices, which may be not be favourable for them, especially when the State is going for the assembly polls.
Meanwhile, the Manipur Hills Journalists’ Union (MHJU) vehemently condemns the brutal assault of journalist Elangbam Rameshwar, Thoubal Correspondent for Naharolgi Thoudang on the morning of October 24, 2021 by some unidentified miscreants.
“The media fraternity is shocked and pained to witness such act of frequently attacking the journalist and demand immediate justice to the victim,” the MHJU said and added that the MHJU seriously viewed the incident and appealed the State Government to book those involved and provide assistance to the victim who has to be treated medically.
The concern authorities are urged to take up the matter seriously and book those culprits behind the attack on the scribe and take immediate necessary action urgently.
“It is disheartening to note that, journalists in their line of duty are not safe and frequently harmed,” the MHJU said while expressing solidarity with Elangbam Rameshwar & his family members also extend moral support to Naharolgi Thoudang newspaper.

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