Just days after Bihar government assured journalists of protection, another journalist Hemant Thakur was recently abducted from his home in Araria district.
Working with the leading Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, Thakur was abducted after he refused to write a news report in the favour of the contractor Haji Laddan.
As per the reports, Laddan abducted Thakur and took him to Sadar Hospital where he first thrashed the journalist and then locked him inside a room. The contractor also gave a patient a knife and told him to kill Thakur if he tried to escape.
Thakur was rescued by the hospital staff after he screamed for help. Police has arrested the contactor.
Last week only, journalist Rajesh Singh lodged an FIR against Janata Dal (United) MLC Hira Vind after receiving death threats. On May 13, senior journalist Rajdev Ranjan was shot dead near Siwan’s railway station.