Press Council sets up panels to probe scribes killings

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New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Taking suo motu cognizance of the murder of two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand, the Press Council of India (PCI) on Saturday set up two inquiry panels for both the states.

Council members Kosuri Amarnath, Prakash Dubey and Prajnananda Chaudhuri will probe the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan, the bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan, part of the HT Group, in Bihar’s Siwan district, a PCI source said here.

The fact finding committee for Jharkhand where television journalist Akhilesh Pratap Singh was killed will comprise of Prabhat Kumar Dash, Sondeep Shankar and Rajeev Ranjan Nag.

The PCI has meanwhile directed police and administration in both the states to submit their reports to the council.

The fact finding committees have been asked to submit the report at the earliest, sources said.

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