Guwahati, September 24: Worried at repeated incidents of journalist’s murder across India, the Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has urged the Union government in New Delhi to formulate a national action plan for delivering justice to the victim families.
The northeast India based media forum, while expressing shock over the killing of anther journalist in the country, also appealed to the media fraternity as a whole to get united on demanding safety and security measures for working journalists as early as possible.
The third case of journo-murder in September was reported from Punjab; a senior Journalist KJ Singh, 66, along with 92-year old mother Gurcharan Kaur, was found murdered in his residence at Mohali on Saturday (September 23, 2017). Singh, who used to work for The Tribune, The Indian Express and The Times of India in Chandigarh, was found with his throat slit.
“We appeal to the Punjab authority to probe into the murders of Singh and his mother with all sincerity so that the culprits cannot escape the punishments. We also extend moral supports to the agitating media-persons in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, demanding justice to the senior editor-journalist” said a statement issued by JFA President Rupam Barua and Secretary Nava Thakuria.
Punjab CM and veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh has already ordered to form a special investigate team (SIT) to investigate the murder. He also reiterated his commitment to maintain the law and order situation in Punjab accordingly.
It must be noted that KJ Singh became the eighth journalist to be murdered in India this year immediately after Shantanu Bhowmik, 29 (killed in Tripura on September 20) and Gauri Lankesh, 55 (shot dead at Bangalore).
India lost six journalists to assailants in 2016, which was preceded by five cases in 2015. The country witnessed murders of only two scribes in 2014, but the year 2013 reported as many as 11 journalists’ murders, where three northeastern media employees also fall victims to the perpetrators.