At the behest of Tripura Police, Assam Police has detained two women journalists Samridhi Sakuniya (21) and Swarna Jha (24). A case has been registered against them in a Tripura police station accusing them of spreading fake news and criminal conspiracy to create religious hysteria. Meanwhile, the Editors Guild has demanded the release of both the journalists.
Police said that both the girls claim that they are journalists, although both of them could not show proper identity cards attached to any media house. One of these girls has identified herself as a resident of Jharsuguda in Odisha and the other a resident of Rohini in Delhi. They were caught when they were trying to go to Guwahati in a hired vehicle. They were taken into custody in Karimganj district of Assam.
Early in the morning, he was served a notice under section 153-A for spreading religious hysteria and asked to record his statement in a case registered at Kakraban police station in Gomti Nagar district for hatching a criminal conspiracy in a hotel in Dharmanagar, police said.
Police said that during the visit, the prosperity of Odisha K. Sakuniya and Delhi’s Swarna Jha changed their route towards Guwahati instead of going to Agartala and crossed the inter-state border at Churaibari to evade security surveillance. When the police came to know about their movement, they alerted their Assam counterparts and the Assam Police arrested them from the highway. Police have started investigation by registering a new case.