Two women journalists detained, Editors Guild demands release: 10 points

Tripura Violence: Case registered against Samridhi Sakuniya and Swaran Jha

Two women journalists were today detained in Assam after a case was registered on the complaint of a supporter of right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Samridhi Sakuniya and Swaran Jha said that they are covering the recent violence in Tripura.

Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet for this big story:

  1. Samriddhi Sakuniya tweeted that he has been detained at Nilambazar Police Station in Karimganj, Assam. He also said that the SP of Gomti district has ordered for detention.

  2. The journalists have been accused of “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion” and “being part of a criminal conspiracy”.

  3. This morning, journalists said police visited him and tried to “intimidate” him. He said that he was not allowed to leave the hotel and go to Agartala.

  4. Sources said a police team “given notice” to the journalists and asked them to appear for questioning on November 21. The sources also said that he may be questioned in the fake news spread case.

  5. In an official statement, HW News Network – where the women work – said the detained, although “Assam Police have said there is no case against them” and were doing so at the request of Tripura. police.

  6. The organization further said that the Assam Police said that they would be taken for questioning by the Tripura Police, “despite the police giving them a week’s time to leave the hotel and record the statement…of Tripura Police”.

  7. The Editors Guild of India tweeted saying it condemned the arrest and “demands his immediate release and restoration of his freedom to travel”.

  8. Last week, it was tweeted on social media alleging that a mosque has been vandalized in Tripura. The Union Home Ministry has strongly denied this, saying that the report is fake and a “complete misrepresentation of facts”.

  9. There was no damage to the mosque in Dargabazar area of ‚Äč‚ÄčKakraban. But after the fake news there have been reports of protests and violence in Maharashtra, the ministry said.

  10. Tripura Police asked Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to provide details of over a hundred accounts from which the post was purportedly shared. The Tripura Police has registered five cases against 71 people, including Supreme Court lawyers, activists and religious preachers, for the posts.


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