Journo-killings continue in India
Guwahati: One more journalist is killed in Uttar Pradesh (UP) where Rakesh Singh (35) charred to death on 28 November 2020. A sudden explosion that took place at his residence in Balrampur locality on Friday night seriously injured the reporter of the Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Swaroop. He succumbed to his injuries in a Lucknow hospital on Saturday morning. His family termed it as a pre-planned murder as Singh developed enmities against some locals and he even informed the district administration about fears for his life. The police have already arrested two individuals suspecting their involvement with the incident.
Earlier, Telugu scribe G Nagaraj (45) fell prey to the assailants on 22 November. Worked for Tamil newspaper Villangam, the journalist from Andhra Pradesh was attacked with sharp weapons by a group of goons in full public view at Hanumantha area under Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. Seriously injured in various parts of his body, Nagaraj was taken to a nearby government hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
“Largely shattered by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the mainstream media has also witnessed an alarming number of incidents relating to journalists’ killings. As the year approaches the end, India turns out to be an unsafe country for professional journalists losing more than 50 scribes to corona aggravated ailments and over ten journalists to assailants,” said Nava Thakuria, the country representative of Press
Emblem Campaign, a Geneva based international body.Days back, a rural reporter along with his wife was killed in UP’s Sonbhadra locality on 16 November. Uday Paswan, who was associated with a Lucknow-based Hindi daily died on the spot, where his wife
Sheetla Paswan succumbed to injuries next day in the hospital. Earlier another UP scribe Suraj Pandey (25) was found dead on a railway track at Sadar Kotwail area on 12 November. His family members in Unnao locality claimed that the Hindi newspaper reporter was murdered.
Assam’s Kakopathar based television journalist Parag Bhuyan (55) died in a mysterious road accident on 11 November night. The police have already arrested two persons in connection with the incident. The government ordered a CID probe into the incident and the police have seized the vehicle and arrested its driver and handyman from Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier Tinsukia based television scribe Bijendeep Tanti (32) was found murdered on 8 August at his rented office.