- NL Sena
It is the fifth scribe murder in the last three months.
A Kanpur-based journalist was shot dead by unidentified bike-borne assailants on Thursday evening. The scribe, who worked with Hindi daily Hindustan as its Bilhaur correspondent, was fired upon by three or four men around 5.45 pm while he was coming out from his family’s hosiery shop, his colleagues at the paper told Newslaundry.
Naveen, 35, died while he was being taken to a hospital. Of the five rounds fired at him, four pierced his body, including one in the head and two in the chest, sources close to him informed. Naveen is survived by his wife and two children.
The attackers fled the scene soon after committing the crime. The district magistrate and senior superintendent of police of Kanpur Nagar reached the spot considering the sensitivity of the case.
“Normally, we form two teams to investigate murders. But in this case, three to four police teams have been set-up to investigate and nab the criminals as soon as possible. The case is of utmost importance since the murdered person is a journalist. This could be out of some animosity,” said Anand Kumar, additional director general (law and order).
Incidentally, on Thursday itself, the National Crime Records Bureau released data for 2016, according to which Uttar Pradesh tops the country in crime.
The state accounts for 9.5 per cent of the total crimes committed in India, and is followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).
Naveen’s is the fifth or sixth scribe murder in the last few months.
On November 21, Sudip Datta Bhowmik, a journalist who worked with Bengali newspaper Syandan Patrika, was killed allegedly by the bodyguard of a Tripura State Rifles commandant.
September witnessed the murders of three journalists – KJ Singh and his mother in Mohali, Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, and a local journalist in West Tripura.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district in late October, journalist Rajesh Mishra was shot dead at his shop in Karanda area.