development prior to the polls scheduled in the next month. More over, the daily neither enjoyed high circulation nor support of influential readers. Similarly, an armed group (United Liberation Front of Asom) leader denied their involvement in the killing of Majumder. He was understood as being closed to the outfit, for which Majumder was even arrested earlier. The police even suspect that he was involved with the militants for many ‘non-journalistic’ activities.The last theory that is gaining momentum, the editor was eliminated by a third force because of personal vendetta. A senior lawyer of Gauhati High Court, Nekibur Zaman, disclosed in a media interview that Majumder received a threatening message from a senior police officer few days back. Majumder informed about the message to Zaman and also a minister in Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet.Even a recent report in ‘Aji’ says that the media house has decided to start an investigation to find out the perpetuator of the crime. They have included different issues under the purview of investigation more precisely the recent conflict between Majumder and a rich business man regarding a land dispute. A case on the issue is also pending in the court.The Journalists' Action Committee, an umbrella organization of media bodies of the State had issued an ultimatum to the government to nab the killer within a week. The committee had recently submitted a memorandum to the State chief minister Tarun Gogoi urging him to initiate to arrest of the killer and the perpetuators.Earlier most of the Assamese dailies were published with blank editorials on March 26 as a mark of protest against the gruesome assassination. It was decided during the protest meet at the cremation ground on March 25 where hundreds editor-journalists attended the meeting and expressed anguish at the failure of the authority to ensure protection to the media persons in the State.Meanwhile, the Editor’s Guild of India with the Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists and International Federation of Journalists have condemned the killing of the editor. The voice of protest has been raised a number of media bodies and also socio-political organizations in Assam.
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