A journalist working for Uttarb Sambad, a widely circulated Bengali daily newspaper of North Bengal has gone missing on August 2 in Alipurduar days after he lodged a complaint with the police He claimed that he received threatening calls from racketeers regularly. Chyan Sarker the reporter was investigating a college admission scam where it was alleged that student leaders of ruling political party of Bengal were involved. Earlier he was threatened and a group of men broke into his home and ransacked it. However, he wasn’t there.The case has been handed over to Crime Investigation Department (CID) by the state government.
Like our western counterparts, we also condemn the horrific massacre of Charlie Hebdo journalists. But why we are mum about the ‘death’ of a prominent South Indian writer named Perumal Murugan? Recently he has announced his ‘death’ as a writer after he was hounded by extremists who play caste based politics in South Indian states specially in Tamil Nadu.He has been critical of caste based politics of Tamil Nadu specially in Kongu region. Actually, his much acclaimed novel Mathorupaagan angered the right wing extremists and campaign against his works intensified so much that he compelled to announce his ‘death’ as a writer.It is an absolute violation of freedom of expression.
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