A court in Tripura’s Gomati district on Monday granted bail to journalists Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha who had been arrested for covering the recent anti-Muslim violence in the state, ANI reported.
Earlier on Monday, the Tripura Police had arrested the two journalists, who work for news channel HW News, on charges of spreading communal disharmony. They also face charges of “fabricating and concealing records” about the recent violence, apparently as part of “a criminal conspiracy”.
Several press organisations have put out statements protesting against the police action. The Editors Guild demanded that the journalists be released immediately.
“Our reporters have been arrested by the Tripura Police around 12.55 am from a shelter home in Assam’s Karimganj after securing their transit remand,” HW News said in a tweet. “They are being taken back to Tripura where they will be produced before Udaipur magistrate court.”
— HW News English (@HWNewsEnglish) November 15, 2021
On Sunday, Sakunia and Jha had alleged that they were being held captive in a hotel in Dharmanagar sub-division of North Tripura district. They finally managed to leave the state in the afternoon, but the police of neighbouring Assam detained them in Karimganj district. From here, they were arrested by the Tripura police on Monday morning.
In a video statement, Sakunia had said that…