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Bihar: another journo shot dead

He succumbed to the gunshot injuries on his way to Varanasi.

In an attack by unidentified assailants, a journalist working for a Hindi Daily Newspaper, Dainik Bhaskar, has been shot dead by three persons on Saturday morning in Sasaram, headquarter of Rohtas district in Bihar.

Dharmendra Singh was at a tea stall outside his house in Amra Talab area in the wee hours of morning, and three persons on a motorcycle reached the spot and fired at him from close range, peppering his chest with bullets. Reports have quotes Eyewitnesses as saying that the journalists received gunshot injuries in his chest. The incident took place in the Mufassil police station area.

The reports have informed that he was taken to the Sadar Hospital in Sasaram from where doctors referred him to Varanasi for further treatment. He succumbed to the gunshot injuries on his way to Varanasi.

However, Police officials have said that they are investigating the incident and have launched intensive combing operation to nab the assailants.

It has been claimed by local journalists in a report of The Hindu that Singh might have been murdered by stone crusher mafias who have been active in the area.

“Dharmendra Singh has been writing stories in his paper on the regular police raids on illegal stone crushers in the area which might not have gone down well to those powerful mafias involved in the trade,” said a local journalist.

Earlier in May, Rajdeo Ranjan, a senior journalist of Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead by unidentified assailant in Siwan district in Bihar. The state government later recommended for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the journalist Ranjan’s murder case and the investigating agency arrested some people associated with a politician believed to be involved in the murder. The CBI is still probing the case.

Reportedly in October this year, a local television journalist was allegedly shot dead by motorcycle-borne miscreants in Dheena area in Uttar Pradesh. Hemant Yadav, 45, worked with a news channel and was shot by bike-borne miscreants, Superintendent of police Amit Verma had said in a report.

In June, journalist Jagendra Singh was allegedly set on fire during a police raid at his house in Shahjahanpur
His family alleged that the police officials set him on fire. Singh, who was in his 50s, succumbed to injuries.

Reportedly an FIR was registered against six persons including a UP minister, who was reportedly angry over Singh’s Facebook posts about his illegal mining activities and land grabbing.

In another incident, two persons in Bareilly district, allegedly killed a part-time reporter from a local Hindi daily Sanjay Pathak,42, in August. Police said Pathak was hit several times on the head with some heavy object and might have died of excessive bleeding.

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