Assam CM Orders CID Probe into Death of Journalist Parag Bhuyan

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday ordered a CID probe into the death case of senior journalist Parag Bhuyan, who was hit by a vehicle on Wednesday night near his residence in Tinsukia’s Kakopathar. He succumbed to his injuries on Thursday. 

“Taking note of various allegations regarding the death of senior journalist Parag Bhuyan, CM Sarbananda Sonowal has directed a CID inquiry into the matter,” Assam Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) tweeted.

According to reports, Parag Bhuyan, and brother of former Assam minister Jagadish Bhuyan, died in a hospital on Thursday after he was knocked down by a speeding vehicle under “mysterious circumstances” on Wednesday near his house at Kakopathar, 550 km east of Guwahati. Assam Police said that two individuals have been arrested in connection with the case and the vehicle has been seized from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Kakopathar.

Pratidin Time, the private Assamese news channel where Mr Bhuyan worked, in a statement alleged he was “murdered”. “The speeding vehicle hit him right in front of his home and escaped through a police check gate. This morning only after the intervention of the Chief Minister through the DGP, the police sprang into action and seized the vehicle, 15 hours after the incident. The initial approach of the police gave us reason to be suspicious about the whole incident and we suspect that the brave journalist was murdered as he was doing a series of reporting exposing the illegalities and corruption around Kakopathar area. He had also received threats,” Pratidin Time editor-in-chief Nitumoni Saikia said.