Ultimatum served for nabbing Assam journalist's killers

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Kokrajhar, Nov 23 (UNI) The media fraternity in Assam has rallied behind slain journalist Jagjit Saikia's family, with the Press Council of India's intervention also sought in pressurising the government for nabbing the killers.

The Kokrajhar District Journalists Association today urged the Press Council of India to immediately intervene and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.

Saikia (30) was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Kokrajhar town yesterday. He was the local correspondent of a vernacular daily 'Amar Asom'.

The various press associations of lower Assam have appealed for November 27 to be marked as a protest day all over the state. A series of agitations, including sit-in demonstrations and submission of memoranda, have been planned.

A seven-day ultimatum has also been served to the government to nab the culprits, with the scribes warning of more intensified agitation if the police fails to make any breakthrough.

Moreover, Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia has also been demanded for the family of Saikia, who is survived by his wife and two-year-old daughter.

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