Hyderabad, 8 November 2021: Indian Journalists Union (IJU) todayexpresses concern over the tendency and initiative to targetjournalists along with other social media users by the Tripuragovernment in Agartala and demands a fair probe into the incidents that led to the unwanted action.
“Slapping brutal laws against the opposition voices will not serve thepurpose. Rather it will aggravate the situation,” commented IJUpresident K. Sreenivas Reddy and secretary general Balwinder SinghJammu, adding that the government should handle the issue amicably.It may be mentioned that the State police has lately booked 102 peopleunder the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for digitalmedia posts reflecting the recent violence where a religious place ofminority community was shown as burning by some activists.
The authority claimed that many of social media posts comprising video clippings, photographs, motivated comments, etc had the potential to flare up communal violence and hence it was compelled to take harshactions. The opposition parties have already criticised the governmentactions.
The police also booked four New Delhi-based lawyers under the UAPAsoon after they visited Tripura and organised a press conference inthe national capital, where they alleged that minorities were harassed there in the aftermath of anti-Hindu vandalism in Bangladesh.