DPC, NIFJ condemns attack
Dimapur, April 18: Two unidentified persons hurled a petrol bomb at the residence of the Editor of The Shillong Times, Patricia Mukhim, on Tuesday evening in Shillong’s Umpling area.
Mukhim said she heard an explosion outside her home and found the wall below her bedroom window charred. No one was injured in the incident.
Locals claimed to have seen 2 youths with their face covered hurling the bomb. A case has been filed and investigations are underway.
Davis NR Marak, Superintendent of Police (SP), East Khasi Hills, had reached Mukhim’s residence soon after the incident.
Mukhim, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000, posted a picture of the bomb on Facebook expressing her shock. “Those who did this ugly deed need to be arrested. I heard the explosion and saw the flames rising. It’s a terrible feeling,” she
Journalists from across the country have expressed their solidarity with Mukhim.
David Laithphlang, president of the Shillong Press Club, condemned the incident. “Peace has been our hallmark but we will not cower down before forces of evil and no attempt to dissuade us from discharging our professional duties and rendering our service will ever fructify,” he said in a statement.
The Dimapur Press Club (DPC) has expressed shock at the blatant bomb attack on the residence of Patricia Mukhim, the Editor of The Shillong Times on Tuesday evening in Umpling, Meghalaya and condemned the attack in the strongest term.
The DPC said Tuesday’s attack on the Editor’s residence once again bring to fore the security of journalists working in the northeast, who are under constant threat from various elements.
“There is an alarming rise in the numbers of attack on journalists in the region, and it is imperative for respective NE state governments to take steps to ensure that the fourth pillar of democracy is not silenced in our
part of the world through wanton attacks and threats by unscrupulous elements,” a condemnation note issued by DPC president, Moa Longkumer stated.
The Dimapur Press Club requested the Meghalaya Government and Police to act promptly and bring the perpetrators to book at the earliest. It also demanded the Meghalaya Government to ensure the safety of journalists working in the state of Meghalaya.
The DPC further extend its solidarity and support to the Editor, The Shillong Times and the journalist community in Meghalaya.
Northeast India Federation of Journalists (NIFJ), an umbrella body of Indian Journalists Union (IJU) affiliated journalists unions of Northeast strongly has condemned the attack targeting Patricia Mukhim, the Editor of The Shillong Times.
NIFJ demanded inquiry to the incident and asked the Conrad Government to ensure safety and security of journalists of the state and ti uphold freedom of press.
(Page News Service)