Two women journalists who wrote about the recent communal incidents in Tripura and were detained by the Assam Police were arrested by the Tripura Police on Monday.
Samriddhi Sakuniya and Swaran Jha, journalists of HW News Network, were named in an FIR at Fatikroy police station in Tripura on Sunday on a complaint filed by a VHP supporter.
“Our correspondents Ms. Samridhi Sakuniya and Ms. Swarna Jha have been arrested by the Tripura Police at around 12:55 am today from the shelter home in Karimganj, Assam, after obtaining transit remand. They are being taken back to Tripura where they are taken to Udaipur magistrate’s custody. Will be produced before the Court.
“Senior Advocate Piyush Biswas will appear personally for him on behalf of HW News Network. We are pressing for immediate bail and release of our journalists,” the news organization tweeted.
A senior police officer said in Agartala on Sunday that journalists posted on social media that a mosque in Gomti district was burnt and a copy of the Quran was damaged.
Tripura Police suspects that the video uploaded by them has been tampered with.
In a tweet on November 11, Sakuniya wrote, “#TripurViolenceDarga Bazar: On October 19, around 2.30 am, some unidentified persons set the mosque on fire in Darga Bazar area.
The people in the neighborhood are very upset that now they have no place to go and pray.”
A press release issued by Tripura Police Chief VS Yadav’s office claimed that Sakuniya’s post was not accurate and promoted a sense of hatred among communities.
The Editors Guild of India had condemned the police action against the journalists and demanded their immediate release.