A local journalist was among two persons killed when an SUV rammed into their bike in Bhojpur district, with the family alleging that it was a case of murder and a former village head was behind it, police said today. Identified as Sandeep Sharma, the journalist was working with a regional news channel. He was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment. Sources say the cop was later transferred after the audio conversation was aired on TV. The mob set the SUV on fire, Avakash Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Bhojpur, said.
Sandeep Sharma, a journalist with a national news channel, was probing a possible nexus between the police and the sand mafia.
The driver of the truck that mowed down the journalist investigating sand mafia-police nexus was arrested by Bhopal Police on Monday. He had earlier approached the police claiming there was an immediate threat to his life. "Security of journalists is our priority and strict action will be taken against the culprit", he said.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also condemned the incident and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. "Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under BJP's rule". Sharma has conducted sting operations on police officers exposing their links with mafia.
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He wrote that Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDOP) was part of the mafia engaged in illegal sand mining.
Sharma's death, meanwhile, triggered panic among other journalists in the region.
The footage of CCTV installed in the area clearly showed that the dumper suddenly turned towards left, appearing as if the driver had lost control of the vehicle, after negotiating a curve and hit the deceased's bike from behind. Navin Nishchal, who worked for Dainik Bhaskar, and his colleague Vijay Singh were on a bike when they were hit by a auto.