Just three days after firebrand journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in a sensational cold-blooded murder in Bengaluru, journalist Pankaj Mishra was shot at by two bikers in Arwal district of Bihar. He survived the gun shots but is said to be in a critical condition.
Mishra is a journalist with the newspaper ‘Rashtriya Sahara’. Dilip Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Arwal told the media that one of the two assailants, Kundan Mahto, had been arrested and the police was on the lookout for the other one.
Kumar added that personal animosity could be one of the motives behind the murder attempt.
— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2017
After the incident, Mishra was shifted to the Patna Medical College in serious condition. As per the latest report, his condition is still critical.
This incident is being considered as another assualt on the press community as it comes just three days after journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka by unknown assailants.
Another report says that Mishra was returning home from the bank with one lakh rupees when he was shot. The money was robbed as well. After taking two bullets on his back, Mishra fell on the spot. It was the bystanders who took the victim to hospital and also informed his family about the incident. Police reached the spot with his family and registered a case against unknown assailants.
In his statement, Pankaj Mishra told the media that his attackers were locals who were close to JD(U) legislator from Kurtha Satyadeo Singh. He also said that the arrested assailant, Kundan Mahto, is the son of Singh’s personal assistant Anant Kumar Verma.