Journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district over property dispute; three arrested

A senior police official said cross FIRs were registered against both the accused and the journalist's family in 2019 with regard to the property dispute.

Press Trust of India August 25, 2020 11:11:01 IST
Journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district over property dispute; three arrested

Ballia (Uttar Pradesh): A journalist working with a Hindi news channel was on Monday night shot dead in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, police said. He has been identified as Ratan Singh (45).

"A journalist working with a Hindi news channel was shot dead on Monday night in Phephana. He has been identified as Ratan Singh (45)," said Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Yadav.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said three people, Dinesh Singh, Arvind Singh and Suneel Singh, have been arrested in this connection.

According to the police, the journalist was involved in a property dispute with his neighbour Dinesh Singh.

"Ratan had a dispute regarding property with his neighbor. On Monday evening, there was a fight between the two sides, and the neighbour shot at him. Accused Dinesh Singh is also Ratan Singh's parcener," said Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar.

A senior officer said cross FIRs were registered against both the parties in 2019 in connection with the property dispute.

A case was registered against Ratan Singh, but his name was later cleared, he said.

Talking about Monday's incident, Kumar asserted that the reason behind Ratan's murder was property dispute and not related to the journalist's work.

"Action under the National Security Act and Gangster Act will also be taken against the three accused," he added.

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