Dharmendra Singh, a journalist with the Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Amara Pond under Mufassil police station area in Rohtas district in wee hours on November 12.Singh was returning from a morning stroll when three bike-borne assailants opened fire on him, peppering his chest with bullets. He sustained serious injuries in the attack and died while being rushed to a local hospital.
Reports suggest that he might be murdered by stone mining mafias who have been active in the area.“Dharmendra Singh has been writing stories in his paper on the regular police raids on illegal stone crushers in the area which might not have gone down well to those powerful mafias involved in the trade”, a local journalist told a newspaper.
A case has been registered and the police are investigating to nab the assailants. Earlier in October this year, a local television journalist was allegedly shot dead by motorcycle-borne miscreants in Dheena area in Uttar Pradesh, making it the third such incident in four months.