United Nations culture body Unesco on Friday deplored the killing of Shantanu Bhowmick, a TV reporter who was beaten to death covering violent clashes in northeast India, and called for a probe into his murder.

“I condemn the killing of Shantanu Bhowmick,” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

“I trust the authorities will conduct an investigation into this killing and bring its perpetrators to justice. It is essential that journalists be able to keep us informed of events without fearing for their lives.”

Bhowmick, a journalist for cable television channel Dinraat, was attacked on Wednesday outside Agartala, capital of Tripura state while reporting clashes between warring rival political factions and police.

Bhowmick’s death came just two weeks after the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor and outspoken critic of the ruling Hindu nationalist party whose killing in the southern city of Bengaluru on September 5 sparked an outpouring of anger.

No one has yet been identified or arrested in connection with Bhowmick’s or Lankesh’s killing.

A total of 29 journalists have been killed in India since the 1990s according to the Committee to Protect Journalists watchdog.

The Reporters without Borders press freedom group in 2015 ranked India the deadliest country in Asia for journalists.

First Published | 23 September 2017 12:00 AM
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