Journalist’s Forum Assam (JFA) will remember eminent journalist Hiten Mahanta on 29 August on his second death anniversary. The memorial meeting has been organized at Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday at 3 pm, where his colleagues and well-wishers will pay homage to the honest, brave and outspoken media persons.
Mahanta, who remained vocal for the basic minimum rights of media employees, also raised relentless voices against the separatist militants of the trouble-torn northeastern region. Born in Guwahati (1957), Mahanta completed his PU (10+2 standard) from the prestigious Cotton College and joined Pragjyotish College for graduation. Then he got admitted in Gauhati University and completed his post-graduation course in Political Science.
For some years, Mahata was engaged with the Left movement in Assam. But later he abandoned their company to join with professional journalism through various Assamese newspapers. His professional career started through Janakranti in 1984 and later worked for Ajir Asom and Natun Dainik. For more than a decade he used to write media columns as an independent journalist on various socio- political developments of the State.
An honourable member of Guwahati Press Club, Mahanta was also associated with the JFA and Journalist Action Committee. He was also the founder president of All Assam Media Employees Federation. While demanding securities to media persons always, Mahanta did not hesitate to write media columns against biased journalism as well.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the police to launch a massive manhunt to arrest the killers of the class IX student.
The teenager was shot dead by NDFB or National Democratic Front of Bodoland ultras in the presence of her parents at Dwimugri village under Runikhata police station in Chirang district as the militants suspected her of being a police informer.
The police admitted that the body was retrieved at least 24 hours after she was killed and blamed remoteness of the village and non-cooperation by villagers for the delay.
Notably, she was killed on August 20 while her body was retrieved in the evening the next day.