Crimes against journalists are becoming almost a daily affair in Uttar Pradesh. In a recent incident, a 45-year-old journalist Hemant Kumar Yadav was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Chandauli, UP.
Yadav, who was shot at by unidentified motorcycle borne assailants late on Sunday night, was on his way back home on his motorcycle from Kamalpur market.
Yadav, who worked with a news channel, sustained two bullet injuries on the chest. His killing makes it the third such incident in past four months in UP. There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting. An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons at Chandauli police station after a complaint by the wife of the deceased.
He was rushed to a nearby district hospital, after locals found him shot at beside a road. But even the quick response was of no avail as Yadav was declared “dead on arrival” by the doctors. The body has been sent for post-mortem.
While it has not yet been substantiated that the shooting was in anyway related to Yadav’s profession, it cannot be ruled out that the safety of journalists is at an all time low in the state.
In June this year journalist Jagendra Singh was allegedly set on fire during a police raid at his house in Shahjahanpur. He later died in a hospital from burns sustained from the incident. An FIR was registered against six persons that also included a UP minister against who Singh had written about on his Facebook page.
It was reported that the minister was angry over Singh’s posts about his illegal mining activities and land grabbing.
In yet another incident a few months later, a part-time reporter form a local Hindi daily was murdered in Bareilly district.
The journo, Sanjay Pathak, was allegedly killed by two persons after being hit several times on the head with a heavy object. Three special police teams have been formed to investigate Yadav’s killing.