PATNA: Two senior journalists working for two separate Hindi news magazines were allegedly crushed to death by a former village council chief in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Sunday evening, police said today.
Navin Nishchal, 35, who worked for Dainik Bhaskar and Vijay Singh, 25, who worked for a Hindi magazine were returning home from a bike when a speeding Mahindra Scorpio came from behind and rammed into their bike, killing them on the spot.
The incident took place near Nahasi village under Garhani police station in Bhojpur, a central Bihar district some 70 km west of Patna, on Sunday evening.
According to villagers, the accused persons were angry with the scribes after they had carried some stories in their papers.
The police have arrested the main accused while a special investigation has been ordered into the entire incident.
“We have arrested the main accused Mohammad Harsu while raids were on to nab the other accused persons,” a local police official Avkash Kumar told the media on Monday.
This is the fourth killing of journalist in the past about two years. In January last year, unidentified gunmen had shot dead a journalist Samastipur district identified as Braj Kishore Rajesh.
Earlier in November the same year, another journalist Dharmendra Singh who was working for Hindi daily was killed by three motorcycle-borne criminals in Rohtas district. He was sipping tea at a tea stall in the morning when the gangsters shot him dead.
Another journalist Rajdeo Ranjan was shot dead by criminals in Siwan district in May 2016. The victim who worked for a prominent Hindi daily was returning home in the evening after work when the motorcycle-borne criminals shot him from a close range. Before leaving the spot, the shooters also shot in his temple to ensure he does not survive.
Featured image caption: Navin Nishchal