Thiruvananthapuram: Voicing concern over the
`delay` in tracking and arresting the culprits behind the
recent attack on a reporter of Mathrubhumi daily, Kerala Union
of Working Journalists (KUWJ) has demanded formation of a
Special Investigation Team to probe the case.
It was quite surprising that not even a single culprit had
been arrested in connection with the attack on Mathrubhumi
reporter V B Unnithanan at Sasthamocottah near Kollam on
April 16, KUWJ president K C Rajagopal and general secretary
Manoharan Morayi said in a statement today.
"We appreciate the government`s gesture of ordering a crime
branch investigation in the case. However, such a probe will
not yield quick results. Considering the seriousness of the
attack, what is required is investigations by an SIT under the
direct supervision of an ADGP," KUWJ office-bearers said.
It was important that SIT members be from outside Kollam
district since the attack appeared to be connected with some
reports carried by the daily some time back, they said.
If the Government did not concede the demand, journalists in
Kerala would launch a strong struggle to press for it, they
They alleged that the attack was the result of a conspiracy
involving some influential persons and officials who were
irked at some reports carried by the newspaper. As such, it
amounted to an assault on media freedom.