Case registered against senior journalist


GUWAHATI, May 9: Bharaulmukh Police has registered a case against senior journalist Subir Bhaumik based on an FIR lodged by Piku Das, a resident of Santipur area.In his FIR, the complainant has alleged that the senior journalist had written false and provocative reports vis-à-vis the NRC update process. Police sources said that the case was handed over to the crime branch.
Bhaumik was recently in controversy for his reports on the NRC update which were subsequently rebutted by the State Coordinator Prateek Hajela.
In a report that appeared in Al Jazeera on March 29, Hajela was quoted as saying “some 4.8 million people in Assam ‘have failed to provide appropriate legacy documents’ in advance of the preliminary list’s publication on Saturday – the second time such a list is being published, the first being at the beginning of the year.”
In the rebuttal that followed, Hajela had said, “My attention is drawn to a news item written by one Shri Subir Bhaumik and published in ‘Al Jazeera’… I hereby declare that I haven’t given any such statement to ‘Al Jazeera’ or Shri Subir Bhaumik or to any other media person or media agency ever.”
Hajela clarified: “The undersigned didn’t have any conversation with Shri Subir Bhaumik on any NRC (National Register of Citizens) related matter ever. Further, the contents of the statement attributed to the undersigned are totally false and not based on facts at all.”
(Courtesy: AT)