Guwahati, July 17: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing shock at the arrest of a senior scribe by the Dhubri police, has urged the State Government in Dispur to release journalist Rajib Sarma unconditionally. The forum revealed that Rajib invited enmities from a section of anti-social elements with his media coverage in the satellite news channel named DY365.
“It was so annoying that Rajib’s ailing father (Sudhin Sarma, 64) collapsed on July 16 morning as he seemingly could not bear the arrest of his son from their residence during the previous night. Rajib received a three-day interim bail from the local court to perform his father’s last rite at Gauripur cremation ground in presence of a few relative & well-wishers,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum also urged the management of satellite channel DY365 to extend necessary supports to Rajib as he has to go for a legal battle following an FIR lodged against him by a forest officer in the Dhubri police station.
The officer alleged that the television scribe demanded money from him, which Rajib strongly denied saying that it was his extensive reporting on the cattle smuggling (to Bangladesh) and corruption that invited the hostility.
Rajib, also the secretary of Dhubri Press Club, was supported by the local scribes for all the hours. As the energetic scribe took many risky assignments for the news channel, he should now be thoroughly supported by its Guwahati based management in the time of crisis, asserted the JFA statement adding that vey often media houses try to wash their hands when their scribes face a medical emergency or other professional hazards.