India Continues To Witness Murders Of Journalists, Now An Andhra Scribe Killed
Geneva/Guwahati, Nov 26 (TNA) One more journalist from Andhra Pradesh (AP) in central India was murdered on November 2020 where G Nagaraj (45), a scribe working for Tamil newspaper Villangam fell prey to the assailants.
Nagaraj was attacked by a group of goons with sharp weapons in full public view at Hosur locality of Tamil Nadu. Seriously injured, Nagaraj was taken to a nearby government hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.
The Telugu scribe wrote a number of articles against the real estate mafia in his locality for the Tamil newspaper which, as the investigating police suspect, invited enmities. A native of Palaru village under AP’s Chittoor district, who was also associated with Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, left behind his wife Manjula, a son and three daughters along with a host of relatives.
“The year 2020 witnessed the assassinations of 80 journalists till date besides claiming at least 475 media workers in 56 countries by the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of media persons is particularly at risk across the world as they have to continue providing information from the ground. We offer condolences to families of the all deceased scribes,” said Blaise Lempen, general-secretary of Press Emblem Campaign (www.pressemblem.ch), an international media rights body based in Switzerland.
Days back, a rural reporter along with his wife was murdered in Sonbhadra locality of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on 16 November. Uday Paswan, who was associated with a Lucknow-based Hindi daily died on the spot, where his wife Sheetla Paswan succumbed to injuries next day in the hospital.
Assam’s Kakopathar based television journalist Parag Bhuyan (55) died in a mysterious road accident on 11 November night. The police have already arrested two persons in connection with the incident.
The State government in Dispur has already ordered a CID probe into the incident and the police have seized the vehicle (AS 23 BC 7881) that hit Bhuyan and arrested its driver and handyman from Namsai in neighboring Arunachal Pradesh.
Bhopal-based television reporter Syed Adil Wahab (35) was found murdered at a forest area on 8 November. Wahab, who used to work for a Hindi news channel of Madhya Pradesh (MP), went missing since the previous day and later his severely injured body was recovered next day by the police. Tamil television scribe Isravel Moses (27) was hacked to death by a group of anti-social elements in Kancheepuram on the same day. Moses succumbed to injuries on way to the hospital.
Satellite channel Sahara Samay’s reporter Ratan Singh (45) based in Ballia (UP) was shot dead by his neighbours to settle their old property disputes on 24 August. Assam’s Tinsukia based television scribe Bijendeep Tanti (32) was found murdered on 8 August at his rented office. MP’s Niwari based journalist Sunil Tiwari (35) was shot dead on 22 July. Same day, UP journalist Vikram Joshi (45) succumbed to injuries in the hospital who was attacked on 20 July by a group of goons.
“The first journo-casualty in India this year was reported from UP’s Unnao locality, where Shubham Mani Tripathi (25) fell prey to bullets of two shooters on 19 June. Shubham, who worked for Hindi daily KampuMail, reported on illegal sand mining practices in his area and invited enmity from a group of criminals which unfortunately turned fatal,” said Nava Thakuria, the PEC’s country representative in India.
He also added that the largest democracy emerges as the second most dangerous country (after Mexico with 12 media casualties) for working journalists. India witnessed nine incidents of journo-killing last year (75 around the world in 2019), but only one incident could emerge as a case of targeted murder. K Satyanarayana (45) of Andhra Jyothy faced the fate because of his activities as a journalist. He was hacked to death on 15 October.
Others who were killed last year include Jobanpreet Singh,Vijay Gupta, Radheyshyam Sharma, Ashish Dhiman, Chakresh Jain, Anand Narayan and Nityanand Pandey. Kerala scribe K Muhammed Basheer was mowed down by a vehicle. Guwahati scribe Naresh Mitra also died in a mysterious accident. Bihar’s scribe Pradeep Mandal was also attacked by miscreants, stated Thakuria adding that fortunately he survived.