Journalist shot dead in Jharkhand

Ranchi, May 13 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen shot dead a journalist, Indradeo Yadav, in Jharkhand’s Chatra district, police said on Friday.

The assailants, who were on motorcycles, fired five rounds of bullets on the Chatra-based journalist on Thursday night. He died on the spot.

The attack took place while he was returning home after work. Yadav was a correspondent for a local TV channel.

“We have got some vital clues including video footage of the bike and its number. The CID and forensic science team are investigating. We will soon crack the case,” Jharkhand Director General of Police D.K. Pandey told IANS.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the killing and directed the police to arrest the criminals at the earliest.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, who was in Chatra on Friday campaigning for the Panki by-election, met the journalist’s family members.

He voiced concern over the “worsening” law and order situation in Jharkhand.

“On a regular basis murders are taking place in Jharkhand. Even journalists are not safe under the BJP government. The law and order situation is worsening,” he said.

The Jharkhand Journalist Association (JAA) and other media associations have condemned the killing.

A JAA delegation met police chief Pandey and Home Secretary N.N. Pandey and demanded the arrest of the accused and Rs.50 lakh compensation to Yadav’s family.

–IANS

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