Journalist shot dead in Chhattisgarh

Umesh Rajput, a reporter with Hindi daily `Nai Duniya`, was shot last night by the assailants outside his residence in Chura village, they said.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

Raipur: In a second such incident in
Chhattisgarh, a journalist was shot dead by two masked gunmen
in Raipur district, police said on Monday.

Umesh Rajput, a reporter with Hindi daily `Nai
Duniya`, was shot last night by the assailants outside his
residence in Chura village, they said.

The masked duo, then, fled on a motorcycle from the
spot.

Rajput was taken to a hospital by his family members
and a colleague where he was declared brought dead, they said.

A note, stating "Khabar chaapna band nahi karoge toh
mare jaoge" (If you don`t stop publishing news, you will die),
was found near the crime scene.

"Last night, two unidentified men called Rajput from
outside his house. When he came out, they shot him with
country-made pistols," SP (Gariyaband district) Kamalochan
Kashyap said over the phone.

Police are interrogating a woman health worker as the
deceased had earlier complained that she had threatened to
kill him and filed a case against her.

Resident Editor of `Nai Duniya` in Raipur, Ravi Bhoi
said, "If somebody has a grievance against a particular news,
there are many forums where it can be raised. If reporters are
murdered for the news they write, then it is a matter of grave
concern".

Bhoi also appealed to the Chhattisgarh government for
providing greater protection of journalists.

On December 20, journalist Sushil Pathak, working with
another Hindi newspaper `Dainik Bhaskar`, was murdered in
Bilaspur district by unidentified gunmen.

PTI