Key accused in journalist’s murder case arrested
Sandeep Kothari was murdered on June 19.
An absconding key accused in the murder of journalist Sandeep Kothari has been nabbed in the district, the seventh arrest in the case.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Rakesh Narswani, on whom a reward of Rs 30,000 had been announced, late last night from Paraswada ghat area near Bonkatta in Balaghat district, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP), Katangi, J.S. Markam said on Thursday.
Mr. Kothari was murdered on June 19 after he was allegedly abducted by Narswani and others. Later, his charred body was found near railway tracks at Sindi in neighbouring Wardha district of Maharashtra.
Police suspect that Mr. Kothari, who used to write against those involved in illegal mining and other unlawful activities, was murdered because of enmity with Narswani and others.
With the arrest of Narswani, a total of seven persons allegedly involved in the crime have so far been nabbed, the police officer added
MP journalist burnt to death says post mortem repo
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Journalists participate in the candle light march organised to seek justice for the deceased journalists – Akshay Singh, Jagendra Singh and Sandeep Kothari in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: VIVEK BENDRE;VIVEK BENDRE –
The post-mortem report of Madhya Pradesh journalist Sandeep Kothari’s death has revealed that he was burnt alive, police said in Balaghat on Saturday.
Sandeep was abducted from Katangi in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh on June, 19. Later, his body was found on the railway tracks in Wardha district of Maharasthra. While there is much speculation about Sandeep’s death, the post-mortem report on Friday has put an end to all doubts.
“Sandeep was smothered to death and when he was being burnt, he was unconscious but breathing. Traces of carbon particles has been found in his lungs,” Police Superintendent Gaurav Tiwari told IANS.
“Seven people have been arrested in connection with Sandeep’s murder and a special investigation team (SIT) has also been formed to probe into the murder,” he added.
According to media reports, Sandeep’s murder occurred due to the case he had filed against illegal mining. His stories on manganese mafia were also published.