Guwahati: The Assam police will probe any links that the proprietor and Executive Editor of Assamese daily Aaji, Anil Mazumdar, may have had with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the police have announced, even as investigators recovered spent cartridges from the spot where he was gunned down on Tuesday night.
Director General of Police G.M. Srivastava said a probe had begun and primary evidence had been collected. The cartridges had been sent for forensic tests.
“We’ve to probe all angles. It will take into consideration all the facts and evidences, including his relationship with… ULFA,” the DGP said. Mazumdar had been previously arrested for alleged links with ULFA and cases registered against him.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condemned the killing and said he had directed the DGP to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
Majumder, in his late 30s, was accosted by a seven-member group as he returned from his office and opened the gates of his home. He was shot at point blank range.
The body was on Wednesday taken to the office of Aaji and the Guwahati Press Club where tributes were paid.
In New Delhi, the Editors Guild of India expressed shock over the murder. It said the killing exposed the failure of the government to provide security to editors. Journalists in Assam functioned under the shadow of threats, it said.
They were being pressured by terrorist groups and sometimes by government agencies to write in favour of one group or the other, the Guild said in a statement.
Some members of the Press Council of India had visited Guwahati and reported that the media in Assam were functioning at gun-point, the statement said. — PTI