Featured Image: One of the assaulted journalists at MJN Hospital.
By A Newsman
Cooch Behar, 21 April: BARELY a week since the attack on journalists in Siliguri, journalists have now come under attack in Cooch Behar, this time at the hands of some university students.
The latest incident has taken place at the Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya located at Pundibari in Cooch Behar. The six assaulted journalists are now admitted to MJN Hospital in Cooch Behar town.
A group of journalists had gone Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya today morning on learning that the students had confined the dean of agriculture Tapan Kumar Hath to his chamber overnight.
This was against the decision to conduct the exams on a schedule that is common to all agriculture universities in Bengal and the agitating students demanded an immediate repeal of the decision. They allegedly did not allow the dean to use washroom or take water through the night and even hurled verbal abuses.
As soon as the journalists reached the campus and tried to talk to the confined dean, the students turned violent and began assaulting the journalists. They broke two cameras belonging to the journalists and also beat them up.
With the situation going out of control, police stepped into the scene and rescued the six journalists, four of whom work for TV news channels. Police also rescued dean Tapan Kumar Hath and took all of them to MJN Hospital.
On 14 April, members of the Darjeeling District Trinamool Congress Minority Cell had assaulted three photojournalists in Siliguri when they were taking photographs of a road blockade by the former. One photojournalist had to be hospitalised for injuries in his arm and chest.