Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has condemned the unprovoked attack by a section of students of Cotton College on some journalists on duty today (Monday) in Panbazar locality. The EMFA urges the authorities (both the Cotton College and Assam Police) to take legal actions against those guilty students at the earliest. Mentionable that photo journalist Anupam Nath, who represents Associated Press, had some arguments with two Cottonians at noon as he was riding his vehicle in front of RKB Hostel of Cotton College. The incident turned ugly as the two students started abusing the photo journalist with slang languages. Later another group of students (around 25/30) rushed to the spot and physically assaulted Mr Nath. Mr Nath soon lodged an FIR at Panbazar police station and the police on duty escorted him to the said hostel asked him to identify the guilty students. Mr Nath could identify the accused students and then the situation turned uglier, as more students gathered there and finally chased both the journalists and the police team.
In this unprovoked assault, many television journalists, who were on duty, also faced attacks. The Assam Photo Journalists’ Association, the Journalists’ Forum Assam and the National Federation of Newspaper Employees have also condemned the incident and demanded appropriate actions against those guilty students of this prestigious institution.