Guwahati: Press Club of Assam (PCA) expresses profound grief at the untimely demise of photo journalist Dhanti Hira (25) at Samaguri in Nagaon district and demands a thorough probe into his mysterious death after a road accident in night hours on 16 July 2023.
Dhanti, who worked for a city-based satellite news channel NKTV, was returning home from Samaguri with two of his friends on a bike and unfortunately hit two youths at Khatowal. It seemingly erupted with hot arguments following which Dhanti’s two friends fled from the location. Some locals took Dhanti to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to injuries.
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“As the family members of Dhanti alleged that he was attacked by a group of people at the spot of accident and subsequently died, we demand an authentic probe into the incident. Meanwhile, Nagaon police personnel have reached the spot and recovered the bike from the location. The two fleeing friends should come forward, helping the investigating police officers to unearth the entire episode that led to Dhanti’s tragic death,” said PCA president Kailash Sarma, working president Nava Thakuria and general secretary Hiren Ch Kalita.
They also urge the news channel management to adequately support the bereaved family at this time of sorrow and grief.
(Nava Thakuria is a senior Indian journalist who contributes to various media outlets including print and digital platforms of India and across the world)