Journo-killings continue in India

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Journo-killings continue in India

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 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 the 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.

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