Times of Assam team has unanimously decided to boycott any press release of ULFA [I] because of the ill-treatment and treachery done to the Chief Editor of Times of Assam, Dhruba Jyoti Deka.
Mr. Deka was invited by ULFA[I] Assistant Publicity Secretary Arunodoy Asom for interviewing their Commander-in-Chief, Paresh Asom and other senior members in camps of Myanmar. Arunodoy Asom also asked to bring a Videographer if possible, and not then asked to come alone. However, when Mr. Deka reached Myanmar, on April 20, 2016, after many hardships and taking due legal approvals as his capacity as a Senior Journalist, the ULFA[I] members abandoned him on instructions of Paresh Asom.
He was left alone on a high altitude post an accident in ill-health condition and had to face immense personal and physical hardships to be back from such a hilly place to his home.
As a protest to this, the Times of Assam team has decided to boycott ULFA[I] completely.
FEW WORDS FROM DHRUBA JYOTI DEKA TO PARESH ASOM:
‘Well, it doesn’t bother you even if we stop publishing your Press Releases, as we know we are not such a media house which can pay you in Crores for your Interview. Although I am not recovered yet from my chest fracture and lungs injury, I was hoping a response from you as you should learn to respect a Journalist.
Mr. Baruah, I might be a ‘no penny’ journalist, but I am the person who saved lives of many innocents in this struggle (till foiling the encounter plan of Babul Dihingia, the brother-in-law of your one of top leaders, in January, before Bihu). No other media yet have shown the guts to do some like us. It’s our challenge. If you can show, show us or to the world.
We are the ONE. Yes, we Times of Assam is the ONE.’