Pijush faces the wrath of scribes over threat call

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HT Correspondent

GUWAHATI/JORHAT, April 2: Two days after an audio clip went viral on minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika threatening a TV journalist over phone for airing a report on his wife’s controversial statement, the journalists and political parties staged protest in various parts of the state on Friday.

While ACLP leader Debabrata Saikia demanded resignation of Hazarika, the Jorhat E-media Association here, on Friday staged a protest against Hazarika for allegedly threatening a reporter of Pratidin Times TV channel over phone, recently.

Saikia demanded that Hazarika, contesting candidate from Jagiroad, should resign immediately for having made threats and communal comments over telephone to a journalist a couple of days ago.

Saikia further urged the Election Commission (EC) to take appropriate action against Hazarika because the menaces and communal remarks made by him violated sub-clause (iii) (B) of Clause 4.2 of the EC’s Model Code of Conduct, as also Section 123 of the Representation of People Act, 1951.

Saikia termed Hazarika’s action as unbecoming of a person who is holding a constitutional post.

Saikia pointed out that Hazarika had sworn upon the constitution to treat every citizen equally and ensure justice for all, but now he has broken that oath by resorting to blatant threats and communally-divisive comments.

Protest in Dibrugarh

The Dibrugarh journalist on Friday staged a protest near Greater Dibrugarh Press Club against minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika for allegedly threatening a TV journalist of the state.

Hazarika is also a BJP candidate from Jagiroad assembly constituency, which went to poll on Thursday.

In an audio clip, which has gone viral, Hazarika is heard intimidating a TV journalist over the phone for airing a news report related to his wife, who is a popular actor of Assam.

Hazarika allegedly threatened to banish two journalists of separate news channels for reporting a controversial poll speech of his wife.

A complaint has been filed by one of the journalists at Jagiroad police station in Morigaon district against Pijush Hazarika.

“We would not tolerate such activity by a minister. He should apologise for his behaviour. Incidents like threatening journalists and assaulting journalists has become a common thing. If the journalist has done something wrong to his image, then he should take the help of law instead of threatening him,” said Probir Chakravortty, a senior journalist of Dibrugarh.

Protest in Margherita

Tinsukia District Journalists Association general secretary Rana Jyoti Neog condemned the incident in which Hazarika threatened two journalists of Morigaon for airing a news item on the minister’s wife.

Neog said Pijush Hazarika who is a responsible minister has lost his manners and behaviour for which he threatened Nazrul Islam and Tulsi Manta.

Tinsukia District Journalists Association in association with Margherita Journalists Association, Digboi Press Club, Tinsukia Press Club, Doomdooma Press Club, Kakopather Press Club, Saikhowa Press Club and Sadiya Press Club will stage two-hour hunger strike in front of Tinsukia deputy commissioner’s office on Saturday.

Protest in Demow

The members of Demow Press Club condemned Hazarika for allegedly threatening a journalist over the phone for airing a news item on his wife’s controversial statement on CAA.

 

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