Agartala: A group of BJP supporters attacked the residence of Tripura’s veteran journalist and vice president of the Assembly of Journalists (AoJ), Samir Dhar, on Saturday, May 29. This is the third such attack on Dhar’s house since 2018 when the BJP assumed power in the state, and attacks on journalists have since become a regular occurrence.
Stating that Dhar has been threatened several times, the AoJ, in a statement, said, They vandalised the boundary walls of Samir Dhar’s residence and also abused him using obscene language and threatened him with dire consequences.”
Samir Dhar is a Tripura correspondent of AajKaal, a regional newspaper from West Bengal, and is also the younger brother of Tripura’s Left front convener Bijan Dhar.
Expressing outrage against the series of attacks on journalists and media outlets across the state, AoJ demanded the immediate arrest of the assaulters.