• DD Cameraman Among 2 Journalists Killed in Chattisgarh and Jharkhand

    Newsclick Report

    October 31, 2018

    Raipur: An alleged Maoist ambush on Tuesday killed Doordarshan cameraman Achyuta Nanda Sahu and two policemen in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, which is set to go for polling in the first phase of Assembly elections in the state on November 12.

    Two other police personnel and a journalist also sustained injuries in the ambush, the second in the last four days, that took place around 11.20 a.m. when a Doordarshan crew was moving with a security patrol for coverage in Aranpur area, Deputy Inspector General of Police P. Sundarraj told the media here.

    "Two police personnel died on the spot while the cameraman, who suffered grievous injuries, later succumbed to his injuries," said the officer.

    He added that the police personnel and the media crew were moving from Aranpur police station to Nilaway village in vehicles when they were attacked.

    Sahu, 34, hailed from Loisinga in Odisha's Bolangir district. The slain police personnel were identified as Constable Mangal Ram and Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Pratap Singh. The injured police personnel are Vishnu Netam and Rakesh Kaushal.

    The official said an inquiry has been ordered to find out the reason being the incident. He accused the Maoists attempting to create hurdles in the upcoming elections in the state. 

    The Maoists have asked people to boycott the polls. Dantewada is among the areas going to polls in the first phase covering 18 constituencies.

    "Now our primary focus is to provide medical assistance to the injured," the officer added.

    Meanwhile, DD News in a tweet said: "DD News had deputed a team to cover the Chhattisgarh polls, comprising cameraperson Achyuta Nanda Sahu, Dheeraj Kumar and M.M. Sharma. In a Naxal attack, Sahu was martyred. The entire DD News family salutes his service and stands by his family in this hour of grief."

    Condemning the attack, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted: "Strongly condemn the Naxal attack on DD News Live crew. Deeply saddened by the demise of our cameraman and two jawans. These insurgents will not weaken our resolve. We will prevail." 

    On Saturday, the Maoists had allegedly fired on a contingent of Central Reserve Police Force in Bijapur district, killing four troopers on a day when Chief Minister Raman Singh kicked off the ruling BJP's election campaign for Assembly elections.

    Jharkhand journalist beaten to death

    Ranchi: A journalist of a Ranchi-based Hindi daily who had been facing threats was beaten to death in Jharkhand's Chatra district, authorities said on Tuesday.

    Chandan Tiwary, who worked for the Aaj, was abducted on Monday night from Pathhalgada, police said. 

    According to police officials, Tiwary was found in the Balthar forest on Tuesday in a badly wounded condition. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

    "Our correspondent has been brutally killed," the newspaper's Resident Editor Amit Kumar Agarwal told IANS

    "Tiwary had filed a complaint in April regarding threats to his life. But he was not provided any security," Agarwal said.

    He said the police had set up a special team to probe the killing. 

    "But our reporters have handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Chatra seeking a CBI probe. It is the duty of the government to provide security to journalists. We also demand compensation to the family," Agarwal added.

    Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Kumar Singh said efforts were on to nab the killers.

    In 2016, another journalist of a Hindi daily was shot dead in Chatra

    Scribe Injured in Pellet Gun Firing in Kashmir

    On Tuesday a journalist was injured in a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Meemandar a village South Kashmir’s Shpoian district.

    CASO was launched soon after the militants attacked the patrolling party in the area.

    As per the officials, the journalist was identified as Aijaz Dar resident of Shopian, who working with Zee News. Clashes erupted in the area soon after forces launched CASO.

    Speaking to Newsclick  Aijaz said “I and my friend who is also a journalist, went to cover the incident. When we reached the spot, a cop at a distance pointed the pellet gun toward us. We raised our hands and shouted “we are from the press” but they directly targeted us with pellets.”

    Aijaz was shifted to the hospital for the treatment where the doctor found four pellets in his head and a few in his shoulder.


    First published in Newsclick.

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