Journalist’s murder: Press council team visits Chatra

Ranchi, May 23 (IANS) A three-member team of the Press Council of India (PCI) visited Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Monday to probe the murder of a TV journalist on May 12.

The team members met the district administration officials and representative of a journalists association to enquire about the murder.

The cause of the murder is turning into a mystery.

Akhilesh Singh alias Indradeo Yadav, a local TV journalist, was shot dead on May 12.

In another development, a Maoist organisation Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC) has denied its role in the murder, saying that the police was wrongly implicating its cadre in the crime.

Police on May 17 arrested three people, including an aide of ruling BJP legislator Ganesh Ganjhu.

Police claimed that Rs.7 lakh was demanded from the scribe as one of his relatives was involved in construction work. The denial of levy led to the killing.

BJP legislator from Simria, Ganesh Ganjhu, has demanded a CBI probe into the killing.

Of the five accused, Suraj Sao, representative of Ganjhu, and Jhaman Sao and Birabal Sao have been arrested. Two accused who are roaming free include shooter Munesh Ganjhu and mastermind Mukesh Ganjhu.

–IANS

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