Wedding report lands newspaper in trouble

26 February 2008

A newspaper in the northeastern Indian state of Assam faces a “ban” in four Bodo-dominated districts after it reported the extravagant wedding of a former militant who now heads the Bodoland Territorial Council. The news report of around Rs 4 crore (approximately $100,000) being spent on the wedding of Hagrama Mohilary came less than a week after Ajit Kumar Bhuyan took over as editor of the Asomiya Pratidin.

“Supporters of Mohilary snatched away and burnt our newspaper packets at Kokrajhar and several other places on Sunday and Monday, and a newspaper van was set on fire on Monday morning,” Bhuyan told Samudra Gupta Kashyap of the Indian Express.

Asomiya Pratidin accused Mohilary of misusing the official machinery of the State government and that of the Council to organise a grand reception, held in a huge pandal, where guests were not only treated to live music but also a comedy show by actor Johny Lever.

Read the full story: Assam paper faces ban for reporting leader’s wedding

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