17 February 2006 Guwahati:
Reporters Without Borders condemned the beating today by police of journalists Robin Dhekial Phukan (of the daily Asomiya Pratidin) and Parag Bhuyan (of Dainik Janambhumi) in Kakopathar (in the northeastern state of Assam), where they were reporting on a visit by state chief minister Tarun Gagoi.
“It is shocking that reporters are beaten up just for doing their job,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We demand that those responsible be punished.”
Phukan was badly injured after a beating by a policeman, taken to a police station and then to hospital. Bhuyan was injured during a police charge against a crowd shouting anti-government slogans and taken to the local hospital and then to Tinsukia.
Police refused to comment on the incidents and journalists then boycotted a press conference arranged for the chief minister