From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : One of the popular sports journalists of Assam, Purbajyoti Chutia, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Monday morning. He was a resident of Xewali Path in the Hatigaon area of Guwahati. The blood-stained body of Chutia was recovered in front of his house. But Hatigaon police said there was no mark of attacking by any weapon in his body. His body was noticed around 7 am on Monday. Family members said Chutia remained missing since Sunday midnight after he went out to switch on the water pump on the ground floor. But in the morning, his body was found in the drain of the house, Chutia’s family said. Chutia’s family has suspected murder of the popular sports journalist. In the primary investigation, police have observed mark of slips in his knee. Guwahati-based journalist Purbajyoti Chutia, who earlier served as a sports journalist in various media organisations like ‘Amar Asom’, was working as an assistant editor of Assamese daily, ‘Niyomiya Barta’.
The mysterious death of such a popular scribe has shocked the journalist fraternity of Assam.The Journalists Association of Assam “JAA” and the National Union of Journalists India “NUJI” have demanded a judicial inquiry into the mysterious death of senior journalist Purbajyoti Chutia of the ‘”NIYAMIYA BARTA” ‘ News Paper. In a letter sent to Assam Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi, NUJI National Vice President and Chief Advisor of “JAA” Bhupen Goswami, JAA President Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty and Secretary Sudip Sharma Chaudhary also suspected that the senior sports journalist’s body was clearly visible in injury. While the body recovered today in front of the Shewali Road residence in Hatigaon, Guwahati.The two journalist organisations have demanded the government through the governor to take action to provide a support of Rs 30 lakh to the family of the deceased journalist Purbajyoti Chutia . JAA and NUJI strongly criticized the government and the police administration which could not protect journalists. On the other hand, he urged all journalists and media personnel to unite in demanding the enacting of the Journalists protection Act to ensure the safety of journalists.