Journalist shot dead in UP, CM orders probe

LUCKNOW: A journalist was shot dead in broad daylight by motorcycle-borne assailants on Saturday in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, prompting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to order an inquiry.

Journalist shot dead in UP, CM orders probe

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Lucknow, February 13

A journalist was shot dead in broad daylight by motorcycle-borne assailants on Saturday in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, prompting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to order an inquiry.

Tarun Mishra, the bureau chief of a newspaper in Ambedkar Nagar, was driving to Sultanpur with his maternal uncle when two persons on a motorcycle opened fire at his car.

The incident took place around noon at Inayatpur in Sultanpur district, 135 km from here.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the deceased and directed Director-General of Police (DGP) Jawed Ahmad to solve the case at the earliest and arrest the culprits.

A special team has since been constituted to probe the matter, an official said. It would be supervised by the district magistrate of Sultanpur, he said.

There has been a spate of attacks on journalists in the state over the past one year.

The state government had responded to the situation by directing all district police chiefs and district magistrates to take special care and by launching a 24x7 helpline telephone service. — IANS

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