Women journalists: Bail to women journalists in social media post case
- Two journalists detained for disturbing communal harmony
- Both the journalists were presented in the magistrate court, got bail
- Case was registered on the basis of misleading post on social media
Two women journalists were arrested in Tripura recently on the basis of posts made on social media regarding communal incidents. A magistrate court in Gomti district has ordered their release on bail. The social media post was deemed to be a post to disturb communal harmony. The two were arrested after the police registered a case against them for posting social media posts aimed at inciting communal tension.
An FIR was lodged at the Fatikroy police station on behalf of a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. It alleged that Samriddhi Sakuniya and Swarna Jha, journalists of a Delhi-based news network, posted fake news on social media with the aim of disturbing communal harmony. After the case was registered, both were taken into custody in Assam’s Karimganj. He was produced before the magistrate court in Udaipur, about 50 km from the state capital Agartala. Magistrate Shubhra Nath granted him bail after being produced in the court.
Came to Tripura for reporting
Both the journalists had reached Tripura on Thursday to report on the communal violence case. Both of them went to Kakraban of Udaipur in Gomti district. After this, he also visited the minority concentration areas of West Tripura and Sepahijala districts. In this case, a senior police officer said in Agartala that his social media posts were sensitive. He posted that a shrine in Gomti district was burnt and a copy of the religious book was damaged.
Police also told his post wrong
Suspicion of molestation has also been raised on the video uploaded by the journalists on behalf of Tripura Police. A press release issued by the office of Tripura Police Chief VS Yadav claimed that Samriddhi Sakuniya’s post was not correct. This fueled the feeling of hatred between the two communities. However, the magistrate court ordered the release of both the journalists on bail.
Magistrate granted bail to detained women journalists
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