The CBI has booked three IPFT leaders, along with 300-500 members of the political party in Tripura, after taking over the probes into the killings of two journalists in the state last year.

Santanu Bhowmik, a journalist from a local television channel, was killed when he went to cover a road-blockade agitation in the Mandwai area of West Tripura district on September 21 last year.

The agency has booked Balram Deb Barma, Dhirendra Deb Barma, both leaders of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), a coalition partner of the ruling BJP and Amit Deb Barma, the president of the Mandwi divisional committee of the party, along with 300-500 of its unidentified members, in connection with the case.

Another journalist, Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, a crime reporter with a vernacular newspaper, was killed inside the headquarters of the Tripura State Rifles’ (TSR) 2nd battalion at RK Nagar in the same district on November 20 last year.

Meanwhile, Convenor of Agartala Press Club Pranab Sarkar welcomed the move.

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