Sandeep Sharma was investigating the nexus between the sand mining mafia and the cops. A conversation of the officer accused was aired by the news channel where he worked
The Hush Post: One more journalist was killed by a speeding truck on Monday morning, this time in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh. The information comes hours after two journalists were crushed to death in Ahara, Bihar.
The dead has been identified as Sandeep Sharma, 35, who was crushed by a speeding truck. The police are investigating the death.
The state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan immediately ordered an inquiry.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also reacted and said, “He was killed in broad daylight. Nothing less than a CBI inquiry should be done. Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under BJP’s rule.”
The journalist was investigating the nexus between the sand mining mafia and the cops. A conversation of the officer accused was aired by the news channel where Sandeep worked. The officer was immediately transferred.
The incident took place near Kotwali police station at about 9:00 am when Sharma who was on his motorcycle was hit by the truck. He was killed on the spot. The police had cordoned off the area and efforts were on to arrest the dumper driver.
The allegations are that police took some time to react to the happening.
Sharma’s death has triggered massive reaction among journalists across the state. Bhind Press Club president Sathyanarayan Sharma said Sharma’s death happened under suspicious circumstances.
“He was a brave journalist and had filed stories against mining mafias. He was facing threat from a police officer whom he had exposed a few months ago and had submitted a complaint to the SP citing threat to his life. Fact that the dumper was empty also give rise to suspicion,” the press club president said.
Earlier, two journalists were killed in Bihar. Navin Nishchal, who was working with Dainik Bhaskar, and his colleague Vijay Singh were riding a two-wheeler when they were hit by a car of a local leader.