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OFFICE OF THE

BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE


Rongpur Part-iv (Near Uco Bank), Silchar - 9, Cachar (Assam) FOR
EQUALITY,
A human rights organisation of the nature as is contemplated under Sec 12 (i) of the JUSTICE
Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and registered under
AND PEACE
the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
E-mail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com, FAX- 03842-263592; WebPages: http://bhrpc.net.googlepages.com

Ref. No. BHRPC/LO/GHY/02 Date :24/11/08

Dear Sir/Madam
Bellow is the Statement of BHRPC on the Death of journalist Mr. Jagjit Saikia in Assam for immediate
release.

Yours Sincerely

Sd/-

Waliullah Ahmed Laskar


Liaison Officer,
Barak Human Rights Protection Committee
Rongpur Par-IV (Near Uco Bank), Silchar-9
Cachar, Assam, India
eMail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com,
wali.laskar@gmail.com
Cell: +919401134314

Statement of BHRPC on the Death of Mr. Jagjit Saikia


Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), a human rights organisation based in Silchar,
Assam expresses agony and grave concern at yet another cruel and untimely death of a young
journalist caused by unidentified gunmen. Mr. Jagjit Saikia, a Kokrajhar (Assam) based reporter,
who worked with “Amar Asom”, a local daily in the Assamese language, was reportedly shot at by
miscreants on November 22 afternoon in Kokrajhar town which caused his death. BHRPC
categorically condemns this cowardly act and sends condolences to the family members of the
deceased journalist and extends solidarity with the media fraternity.

BHRPC sees it not only as another blow to the media, which is regarded as a pillar of democracy,
but also as the naked manifestation of the brutality to which the continuous assault on the right to
freedom of thought and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India
has reached. The State and Union Governments are under obligations in International Human Rights
Law as well as duty bound under the Law of the Land to ensure the exercise of this inalienable
human right by its citizens. It is evident from this and other such incidence of attack on the media
and the people’s right to freedom of expression including the incidence of death of Konsam Rishikanta,
a trainee sub-editor of The Imphal Free Press, an English daily of Manipur on 17 November, at the
hands of unidentified shooters that the Indian State is miserably failed to protect basic human rights
of the citizens.
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OFFICE OF THE

BARAK HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION COMMITTEE


Rongpur Part-iv (Near Uco Bank), Silchar - 9, Cachar (Assam) FOR
EQUALITY,
A human rights organisation of the nature as is contemplated under Sec 12 (i) of the JUSTICE
Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and registered under
the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
AND PEACE
E-mail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com, FAX- 03842-263592; WebPages: http://bhrpc.net.googlepages.com

Ref. No. BHRPC/LO/GHY/02 Date :24/11/08

BHRPC urges the Union and State Governments:

1. To conduct prompt, objective and transparent investigations into both of the incidents.

2. To bring the perpetrators of these ghastly acts to book and punish them as per law.

3. To pay adequate compensation to the dependants relatives of the deceased.

4. To ensure security of the life of journalist.

5. To protect the right to freedom of expression and thought of the people by going hard on
those elements who pose threat to it.

BHRPC also wrote Urgent Appeal to the Prime Minister of India sending copies to the Home
Minster of the Union Government of India, Chief Minister of Assam and others conveying these
demands.

Issued by---

Waliullah Ahmed Laskar


Liaison Officer,
Barak Human Rights Protection Committee
Rongpur Par-IV (Near Uco Bank), Silchar-9
Cachar, Assam, India
eMail: bhrpc.net@gmail.com,
wali.laskar@gmail.com
Cell: +919401134314