Two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand shot dead in 24 hours

Siwan (Bihar)/Chatra (Jharkhand): A senior journalist in Bihar and a TV channel reporter in Jharkhand were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, sparking protests by mediapersons and triggering a shutdown in the areas.

Representational image.

Representational image.

Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, was fired at in Siwan district late on Friday evening when he was going on his motorcycle near the fruit market on Station Road under Town police station at around 7.45 pm, Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Sah said.

Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital, he added. The SP said the motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. Ranjan has been writing for a long time against law-breakers of the area.

The killing triggered a wave of protests by mediapersons in Bihar.

In Jharkhand, 35-year-old Akhilesh Pratap Singh, a journalist with a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district, police said.

Singh was attacked near panchayat secretariat of the village on Thursday night, a police official said. A bandh was observed in Chatra town in protest against the killing.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident and asked Director General of Police DK Pandey to arrest the assailants at the earliest.

A delegation of local journalists met Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha and demanded adequate compensation to the family of the victim.

Reacting to the murder of the scribe in Siwan, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said while Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is touring Varanasi, the fourth estate is "in danger" in his state.

"This is not jungle raj. This is maha jungle raj...sad to know about his killing, Rajdeo was a fearless journalist," he tweeted.

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Updated Date: May 14, 2016 12:22:32 IST

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