Three newspaper employees murdered in Tripura

Agartala, May 19 (IANS) Three newspaper employees, including a manager, were killed by two unidentified assailants at their office here Sunday, police said.

“Two armed assailants came by a motorcycle and stormed into the office of the ‘Dainik Ganadoot’ (a vernacular daily) and stabbed to death proof reader Sujit Bhattacharjee, 32, and seriously wounded manager Ranjit Chowdhury, 60, and driver Balaram Ghosh, 40, both of whom died on way to hospital,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Central) Rajendra Datta told reporters.

The editor-cum-proprietor of “Dainik Ganadoot”, Sushil Chowdhury, who lives in the same building, told police that the assailants allegedly wanted to kill him but they killed the manager in a case of mistaken identity.

Ghosh’s six-year-old daughter Papia, who also lives in the same complex, said: “The two assailants repeatedly stabbed my father and Bhattacharjee and rushed to the first floor of the office and attacked the manager.”

The Agartala Press Club, various media organisations and political parties condemned the attack and demanded better security for media employees in the state.

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