SILCHAR, March 5: Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) has taken umbrage at the assault on journalists in the campus of Assam University on February 25 allegedly by security guards in which the involvement of the proctor Manabendra Dutta Choudhury and Dean In-charge of Students’ Welfare Ramendu Bhattacharjee has been brought into focus. The scribes as reported were assaulted while covering the agitation of resident students protesting against scarcity of drinking water.
In a statement issued here, Neharul Ahmed Majumdar, secretary general of the BHRPC, described the incident quite ‘unfortunate’ and violation of human right ‘to freedom of expression’ as guaranteed in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to him, the conduct of the university authority in respect of grievances of students and their peaceful protest and the assault on scribes is ‘authoritarian, undemocratic and arbitrary’.
In the meantime, BHRPC, he revealed, has written a letter to the Prime Minister of India with copies to the President, Home Minister, Human Resource Development Minister, Chief Minister of Assam and Vice-Chancellor of Assam University for thorough investigation into the assault on the scribes and initiate action, if found true, against the persons involved in it.
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