Odisha journalist, one other granted bail over Tripura violence case

Agartala/Bhubaneswar: Two female journalists, who were arrested by Tripura police on Monday for allegedly ‘creating hatred between communities’, have been granted bail by a court in Gomati district.

Samriddhi K. Sakunia who hails from Jharsuguda district of Odisha and Swarna Jha were on Monday detained in Assam by Nilam Bazaar police station of Karimganj district at the request of Tripura police.

A statement by Tripura police on Sunday said the two journalists had come to Tripura on Thursday, and a case has been filed against them in the Kakraban Police Station (in southern Tripura’s Gomati district) on Sunday under various section of the IPC for “creation of hatred between communities by fabricating, concealing of record etc. in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy as revealed from the Twitter posts by Samriddhi Sakunia”.

“Taking cue from the recent state of violence at Amravati and other parts of Maharastra as a repercussion of communal incident, it has become clear that some vested interests are trying to flare up the communal incident in Tripura.

“The investigating officer felt it wise to lodge a suo-moto complaint for creating hatred between religious groups by false fabrication, concealing documents etc.,” said the statement.

(With IANS inputs)

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