Bhubaneswar, 29 May-2014: The Media Unity for Freedom, of Press (MUFP) expresses its deepest grief, condolence and serious concern over the brutal murder of a young fellow journalist Tarun Kumar Acharya on Tuesday night at Khallikote in Ganjam district.
The MUFP joins all media persons in the state in unequivocally condemning the attack that claimed the life of a young journalist , while expressing solidarity with all media persons and associations of journalists, who have registered their protest and anger over the incident and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits as well as a thorough probe into the gory murder.
Reports say, 35-year old Sri Acharya, who worked as a stringer for a television news channel, was attacked with sharp weapons by some unidentified miscreants at a lonely place near Khallikote police station and Excise office around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night while he was riding a motorcycle on his way to his home in Bikrampur, about 15 km away from Khallikote.
Sri Acharya’s family has named three relatives, who they suspect to have been responsible for the murder and the police have registered a case against them. However, the fact that until now not a single accused person has been apprehended, gives rise to doubts over the sincerity of the local police in pursuing the case.
The MUFP, which is committed to upholding the rights and freedom of journalists to report without fear or favour, feels the need for a Crime Branch probe into the murder to establish in clearest terms the motive behind the murder and to find out if it was in any way linked with his professional life as a reporter.
The MUFP calls upon the state government, especially the department of Information & Public Relation, to consider granting an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh to Sri Acharya’s widow and a job to an eligible member of the bereaved family.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)