343 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Occupational Hazard – How Journalists are murdered in India for exposing truth about politicians-police nexus


Crushed to death by a dumper in MP, journalist Sandeep Sharma had filed a police complaint citing a threat to his life. Two other journalists were run over in Bihar on Sunday. Safety of journalists was identified as a key factor in corruption ratings by anti-graft NGO Transparency International. Cases of violence against journalists are not uncommon in India, but very rarely are those behind such acts brought to the book, in India, and elsewhere…

MP govt seeks CBI probe into scribe’s death

Bhopal: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday recommended a CBI inquiry into the death of journalist Sandeep Sharma, who was mowed down by a speeding truck in Bhind, on Monday morning.

The 35-year-old journalist, working with a regional news channel, was reportedly investigating illegal sand mining cases and alleged involvement of police in Bhind district. Sandeep was killed in broad daylight when he was returning home on his two-wheeler.

“The CM had earlier constituted an SIT to investigate the case. To unravel the truth, he has decided to refer the case to CBI now,” cabinet minister and government spokesperson Narottam Mishra told journalists at the weekly cabinet briefing.

Mishra added that there were demands from various quarters for a fair investigation into the case, hence the chief minister decided to recommend CBI inquiry.

Scribes killed after tiff

Patna, DHNS: Two journalists were killed at Ara in Bihar’s Bhojpur district on Sunday night when a Scorpio hit their bike.

Hours before, the owner of the Scorpio, Mohammad Harsu had a heated exchange with one of the journalists, Navin Nishcal. Harsu, the husband of a former mukhiya, had threatened to eliminate Navin.

Navin, who worked for Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, and his friend Vijay Singh, who was a journalist associated with a weekly magazine, were crushed by the Scorpio on Ara-Sasaram highway.

The incident took place when the two scribes were returning to their residence after covering Ram Navami events. Harsu’s son Dabloo was in the Scorpio when the SUV hit the bike.

Harsu’s son and the driver fled from the spot, leaving the vehicle at the spot. An irate mob, which blocked the state highway till late Sunday night, set the SUV on fire.

Prime accused Mohammad Harsu was arrested on Monday. On Monday, a delegation of journalists met ADG (Headquarters) S K Singhal.

“A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted under a DSP-rank officer. Besides, the police have arrested Mohammad Harsu, the prime accused, on Monday,” said the ADG. Patna IG Nayaar Hasnain Khan will monitor the investigation into the case. “Raids are on to nab Dabloo and other accused,” he said.

Journalist who took on sand mafia run over

Bhind (Madhya Pradesh), PTI: A television journalist who had complained about threats to his life after he carried out a sting operation on illicit sand mining was on Monday mowed down by a truck, officials said.

Sandeep Sharma, who worked for a local news channel, had told the district administration that he feared he could be killed by the sand mafia, his nephew Vikas Purohit said in a complaint to the police.

The 35-year-old journalist was talking on his phone by the side of Ater Road in front of a police station when the truck, used to ferry sand, ran over him, officials said.

Purohit, in his complaint to the City Kotwali police, said that Sharma had been facing a threat to his life because of the recent sting operation he had carried out on sand mafia.

“Sandeep had petitioned Madhya Pradesh DGP, IG, SP and the Human Rights Commission stating that he feared for his life and had demanded security,” Purohit said.

In his report to top officials, Sharma had said because of the sting operation against sand mafia and the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), the officer was transferred, Purohit claimed.

Sharma was to have recorded his statement against the SDPO and was being threatened by unidentified people, Purohit said.

Bhind SP Prashant Khare said Sharma’s application to the authorities was being examined and the incident probed.

The driver of the truck fled the scene after the accident, police said.

Rathore demands probe

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said the Madhya Pradesh government should probe the death of the journalist mowed down by the truck.

The MoS for I&B said the state government is responsible for law and order and it should take action after carrying out proper investigation into the matter.

“The responsibility of journalists is to expose the truth. This is not just a profession but a way of living with principles,” he said.

“There should be an investigation into the incident. The state government which is responsible for law and order should take action. Journalists do a job of great responsibility and their safety must be ensured,” he said.

Hubby of local neta crushes 2 scribes under SUV in Bihar

Patna: Two journalists riding a motorcycle were allegedly crushed to death by the husband of a former village head-woman under his SUV in Bihar’s Bhojpur district on Sunday evening.

The police on Monday arrested Ahmed Ali alias Harsu for the double murder. Several cases of crime are registered against Harsu, police said.

While Naveen Kumar Singh, 45, was associated with a national Hindi daily, Vijay Singh, 35, reportedly contributed to a local vernacular magazine. Police said Harsu had a heated argument with the two journalists over certain news reports in the market of Garahani, about 80km from Patna, at around 8pm on Sunday. “After the argument, Naveen and Vijay left the market on a motorcycle. An agitated Harsu followed them on his SUV and crushed them to death,” a senior police officer said.

As people started gathering at the accident spot, the accused abandoned his SUV and fled. The mob later torched his vehicle. While Navin is survived by his wife, an 18-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son, Vijay is survived by his wife and two children. Patna zone IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan on Monday said an FIR had been lodged at Garahani police station.

“An SIT led by Bhojpur SP Awakash Kumar has been formed to investigate the case,” the IG said. Garahani police station SHO Shamim Ahmed said Harsu had been nursing a grudge against Navin for writing against his family.

Journalist investigating cop-sand mafia link in MP run over by truck


Bhopal: A 35-year-old journalist investigating illegal sand mining cases in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh was run over by a truck on Monday morning. Identified as Sandeep Sharma, the journalist was working with a regional news channel.

Police said they have formed an SIT team to probe the case. Sources said they have detained the truck driver and he is being interrogated.

The death has sparked off political slugfest with the Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia demanding a CBI investigation into the case and chief minister Shivraj Singh jumping in to defend his government and assuring that safety of journalists would be ensured at all costs. The Bhind Press Club has also demanded an impartial probe in the case.

Sources said Sandeep had filed a complaint four months ago citing threat to his life from a police officer after a ‘sting operation’ against him. Sources said Sandeep had filed a story accusing the officer of being hand in glove with the sand mafias. An audio conversation of the officer in question was aired by his channel after which the officer was transferred, sources said.

Sharma’s two-wheeler was hit by the truck from behind killing him on the spot around 9am, just a few meters away from the Kotwali police station. The truck was found abandoned a few kilometres away. A CCTV footage that surfaced within a few minutes of the crime shows Sharma riding a motorbike which vanishes under a truck that mows him down on a busy stretch in the Bhind town. “CCTV footage shows the bike overtaking the dumper on the left and then turning to the right. Dumper driver would not have seen the bike till it swerved and came in front,” said a policeman wishing anonymity.

Sandeep Sharma is survived by his wife and two children aged 14 and 15 years. His brother was martyred fighting terrorists in Kashmir on April 22, 2004.

Sharma’s death triggered a panic among other journalists in Madhya Pradesh. It is alleged that police responded after 15 to 20 minutes despite the spot being a few meters from the police station.

Watch: Journalist reporting sand mafia ‘murdered’ in broad day light in MP; Congress seeks CBI probe

According to reports, the accident took place near a police station and the cops immediately reached the spot and rushed him to a hospital.

By: ABP News Bureau || Updated: 26 Mar 2018 04:53 PM

Madhya Pradesh: A chilling incident was reported from Madhya Pradesh, where an investigative journalist, reporting on sand mafia in the state was ‘murdered’ in broad day light by being hit by a truck.

The entire incident was caught on CCTV camera.

The jouranlist was riding a motorcycle, when he was hit from behind by a speeding dumper. The accused driver is believed to be at large.

According to reports, the accident took place near a police station and the cops immediately reached the spot and rushed him to a hospital.

Journalist Sandeep Sharma was run over by a truck in Bhind. As per reports, he had earlier complained to the police about threat to life.

Reacting on the same, senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia lashed out at Bharatiya Janta Party and sought a CBI probe on the same.

“He was killed in broad daylight. Nothing less than a CBI inquiry should be done. Media is the 4th pillar of democracy & that is being crushed under BJP’s rule”

Bihar: Two journalists killed as SUV rams into their bike, family alleges murder

Naveen Kumar, who works for a Hindi newspaper, was passing through the incident site on a bike along with his journalist friend Vindod Singh after covering a rally.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Patna [ Updated: March 26, 2018
Two Journalists killed

Two journalists were killed near Nahsi village in Bhojpuri district of Bihar after an SUV rammed into their bike on Sunday.

The family of the victims, Naveen Kumar and Vinod Singh, have alleged that the two journalists were in fact murdered.

Naveen Kumar, who works for a Hindi newspaper, was passing through the incident site on a bike along with his journalist friend Vindod Singh after covering a rally.

A speeding SUV came from behind and rammed into their bike. The two journalists died on the spot.

The irate residents of the area put the SUV on fire although the driver managed to escape from the spot.

The residents turned violent as they alleged that  the police did not take any action action despite Naveen Kumar informing them a few days back that there was a serious threat to his life.

According to reports, Naveen Kumar had a tiff with Harsu, former  mukhiya of Gadahani panchayat, over some of his reports. The mukhiya had reportedly threatened Naveen and other reporters with dire consequences.

” Irate villagers intercepted the vehicle, but its occupants fled. The mob set the SUV on fire,” Avakash Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Bhojpur, said.

“Rajesh, brother of Naveen, had alleged in the FIR that it was a case of murder and a former Panchayat Mukhiya Ahmed Ali alias Harsu and his son Dabloo were behind it,” the SP added.

The suspicion over the former mukhiya’s involvement in the murder of the two journalists further gained ground as the SUV belonged to him.

Watch video: Protest over death of two journalists in Bihar’s Arrah

Journalist killed in Bihar by local politician’s husband after a dispute over news; cops begin probe amid protests

By Anand ST Das  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 26th March 2018 12:15 PM  |

Last Updated: 26th March 2018

Locals burnt a vehicle and blocked Arrah-Sasaram state highway | ANI Twitter Photo

PATNA: A journalist of a Hindi daily newspaper and his friend were allegedly murdered by a former mukhiya’s husband in Bihar’s Bhojpur district late on Sunday night after a dispute originating from news coverage by the journalist.

Naveen Nishchal, 35, who worked with a Hindi newspaper, and his friend Vijay Singh, 25, were riding a bike when they were crushed to death under the wheels of a Scorpio car allegedly driven by Ahmed Ali alias Harsu, the husband of the former mukhia (elected village head) of Garhani panchayat, Sanzida Parveen.

Bhojpur SSP Avakash Kumar said Harsu was arrested on Monday and that a hunt is on to nab the other accused in the case. Angry residents blocked the Ara-Sasaram state highway for hours demanding immediate arrest of all the culprits.

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“The two men were deliberately crushed to death by the Scorpio in a bid to make the murders look like a simple road accident,” said Rajesh Kumar, the younger brother of Naveen Nischal, who named Harsu and his son Dabloo Alam among the accused in the FIR. “The former mukhia and her husband had been very angry with him (Nischal) after some dispute related to the coverage of news,” added Rajesh Kumar, who works with Patna district police.

Soon after the two men were crushed to death near Nahsi village by the SUV, which belongs to Harsu, local residents stopped the SUV and set it afire while its occupants managed to flee. The angry locals were dispersed by police at about 11 PM.

Nishchal and his friend were returning home on a bike after covering news of Ram Navmi processions in the area when the incident happened, said sources.

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“A few minutes before the incident, the journalist had had an argument with some men in the bazaar, it is learnt. A special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the case has started work. A forensic science team from Patna has collected evidence from the spot,” said SSP Avakash Kumar.

A murder case has been registered based on the FIR lodged by Nishchal’s brother. Main accused Harsu’s son Dabloo Alam also figures among those named accused. Dabloo and his brother Maqbool Alam had reportedly come out of jail on bail recently.

Bihar ADGP (headquarters) SK Singhal said: “All angles of the case are being probed deeply. The matter will be clear in a day or two”.

Journalist who exposed sand mafia mowed down by truck in Bhind

sandeep-sharma-aniSandeep Sharma | ANI

After a nationwide criticism, Bhind Police arrested the truck driver who crushed a journalist to death, a few hours after registering the case.

On Monday morning, a television reporter working for a regional channel, who expressed fear of being killed by sand mining mafia, was run over by a truck in Bhind town of Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh.

Journalist Sandeep Sharma was working for News World TV channel and has recently conducted a sting operation to expose the sand mining mafia in Chambal. Sharma has conducted sting operations on police officers exposing their links with mafia.

After the sting operation Sharma was under threat and has written a letter to senior police officials seeking police protection citing a threat to his life.

In the letter, Sharma had accused a Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDOP) of threatening him of dire consequences. He wrote that Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDOP) was part of the mafia engaged in illegal sand mining.

Congress leader of opposition Ajay Singh accused the government of not allowing journalists to work freely. He also said that the journalist was murdered due to the apathy of police administration,

Bhind: CCTV footage shows how speeding truck ‘deliberately’ mows down journalist

It is alleged that Sandeep Sharma, the victim, was murdered by the sand mafia of the region.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Bhind [ Updated: March 26, 2018
CCTV footage shows how the journalist was 'deliberately'
CCTV footage shows how the journalist was ‘deliberately’ killed in Bhind

A journalist was mowed down by a speeding truck in Bhind of Madhya Pradesh today.

It is alleged that Sandeep Sharma, the victim, was murdered by the sand mafia of the region. The members of the sand mafia were infuriated over the Journalist’s stories against them.

A CCTV footage of the incident has surfaced that clearly shows how a speeding truck deliberately rams into the bike that the journalist was riding.

It is believed that Sandeep Sharma, who worked for a TV channel, had conducted a sting operation against the sand mafia of the area in which a policeman was also seen as working for the sand mafia.

According to reports, the sting operation was to be aired in a few days and it infuriated the sand mafia which had threatened the journalist with dire consequences.

It is also believed that the police officer, caught in the sting, had also threatened the journalist after which Sandeep spoke to the SP of the area giving him details of the events.

The matter is being further investigated by the police.

Watch Video: Journalist crushed to death by sand maafia’s truck in Bhind


Watch video: Madhya Pradesh journalist, who did sting op on sand mafia, run over by truck

In the letter seeking police protection, Sharma had accused an Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDOP) of being hand-in-glove with those engaged in illegal sand mining.

By: Express News Service | Bhopal | Updated: March 26, 2018 8:59 pm

Journalist, who took on cops in sting operations, mowed down by truck in MP's Bhind districtSandeep Sharma (in picture) lost his life after a truck mowed him down in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district on Monday morning. (Source: ANI)A local television channel stringer, who exposed illegal mining and had even sought police protection after getting threats in the wake of a sting operation against a senior police officer, was killed Monday after he was allegedly run over by a truck in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh. Sandeep Sharma, (36), a stringer for the Bhopal-based News World TV channel, was riding a two-wheeler when an empty truck knocked him down near the Kotwali Police Station around 9 am on Monday. The driver managed to flee after abandoning the truck.

Police have registered a case under Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) and formed a special investigation team (SIT) after family members and local journalists alleged that Sharma was murdered because he had exposed the collusion between the sand mafia and police. Bhind SP Prashant Khare said more charges could be added depending on the outcome of the SIT’s probe. He also said the truck was owned by a man who deals in bricks.

A purported video of the incident showed the truck swerve towards the bike before knocking it down but the police said it was too early to determine if the accident was deliberate or if there was any foul play. Sandeep and Vikas Purohit, the local bureau chief of the channel, had conducted a sting operation against a sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Indraveer Singh Bhadoriya which purportedly showed him asking for money to allow vehicles carrying illegally mined sand from the Chambal River to pass without checks.

According to his application for police protection, Sandeep and his family feared the SDPO could implicate the journalist in some criminal case or get him eliminated in a road accident. The application demanded the SDPO’s immediate transfer outside the Chambal division and probe allegations against him. While seeking police protection, the application said the SDPO should be held responsible if something untoward happens to him. Asked about the sting operation, Purohit told The Indian Express that he had waited outside the office when Sandeep, posing as a sand miner, struck a deal with Bhadoria. The police officer asked Sandeep to give the money to a junior police officer, who the duo filmed pocketing the money. The channel ran the story without the SDPO’s version but included the version of Ater Congress MLA Hemant Katare.

After the channel ran the story around Diwali last year, Sandeep and his bureau chief sought police protection and alleged their lives were in danger and that they had received threatening phone calls. Bhind SP Khare acknowledged that Sandeep had expressed fears that he could be eliminated. However, no protection was provided to Sandeep, who has two children aged 11 and eight. Channel chief Rizwan Ahmed Siddique said he received calls describing the stringers as alleged blackmailers. “I asked for proof of their blackmailing activities but never got any. I cannot say anything with certainty about the accident but the authorities did not act on the sting or on the threat expressed by the journalists,’’ he said. Asked if the stringers sent more stories about illegal sand mining after the sting, he said he could not recall any offhand.

SDPO Bhadoriya could not be contacted for comment. No action was taken against the SDPO after the sting operation was telecast in July 2017, but he was transferred a couple of months later for acting in haste against the MLA Katare. He had filed a case against Katare, the son of former leader of the opposition Satyadev Katare, and a challan without seeking approval from his seniors. A local court had quashed the charges and criticised police for shoddy work.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his government was committed to protecting journalists. “A probe has been ordered. Whoever is guilty will be punished,” he said. The duo had conducted an earlier sting operation a few months ago against another SDPO when they worked for a different news channel. That officer was transferred but not because of the sting. Purohit said the sting was not important enough.

A case for obstructing government officials on duty was lodged against Sandeep at the Kotwali police station after he allegedly manhandled a police officer. Purohit claimed Sandeep had gone to the police station to file an FIR alleging assault but instead was booked by police. He said the case was proof that police were acting at the behest of the SDPO. Purohit alleged that when the police recovered the truck involved in the incident, its wheels were being changed to destroy evidence like blood stains. Purohit said Sandeep’s elder brother Santosh was in the Army and was killed in 2004 in Kashmir. He said Sandeep’s father Jayram retired from the Army as well.

In his application seeking police protection, Sandeep identified himself as a “clean journalist”. It said SDPO Avnish Bansal nursed a grievance against him after a sting operation about his alleged indecent behaviour but he was transferred before he (SDPO) could do anything. The letter then describes the sting against SDPO Indraveer Singh Bhadoriya on July 27, 2017. Sandeep said he gave Rs 12,500 to jawan Munni Lal Yadav but did not give the second installment of Rs 10,000.

“The SDPO realized within two days that the applicant is a journalist covering Chambal sanctuary where he extorts money after letting go vehicles carrying illegally mined sand,” said the letter. The complaint also alleged that every time he (Bhadoriya) moves out of town for coverage “anti-social elements’’ hover around him. The application also accused the SDPO of being hand in glove with those involved in illegal mining and have political backing.

Two journalists killed in Bihar’s Bhojpur

ANI  |  Bhojpur (Bihar) [India] Last Updated at March 26, 2018

Two journalists were killed in Bihar’s district on Sunday.

The incident took place when two ran their vehicle over the two.

Agitating people set the car on fire and protested with the bodies on the road, thereby blocking Arrah-Sasaram state highway.

The protesters alleged that the two people were killed by the husband of a former Garhani village head due to a feud.

The deceased have been identified as Naveen and 

Naveen used to work for Dainik Bhaskar, a while used to work for a magazine.

Former village head’s husband has been arrested.

Naveen’s son said, “He went to a shop to buy something and got into argument with someone. While returning, he was hit by a Scorpio being driven by Harsu (husband of former village head). There were also two bikes behind it. He fled from the spot on one of the bikes.”

said an inquiry has been initiated into the matter to bring out the truth.

On May 13, 2016, Rajdev Ranjan, a with over 20 years of experience and the of the Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead in Bihar’s district while returning home from the office. Five shots were fired at him from extremely close range near Railway Station. Ranjan was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Tejashwi Yadav slams CM Nitish, BJP over death of 2 journalists in Bihar

SNS Web | New Delhi | 

Bihar’s former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav slammed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over “inaction” in the alleged murder of two journalists in Bhojpur district.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader, while criticising “Delhi media” for shying away from reporting the incident, said, “Two journalists brutally murdered in Bihar but no outrage in Delhi Media because it’s not RJD’s government”.

Tejashwi Yadav also took a jibe at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and “Godi media”, and said, “BJP led Nitish Kumar is ruling the state & how can Godi media go against their own govt despite Journlists being killed by goons”.

Two journalists brutally murdered in Bihar but no outrage in Delhi Media because it’s not RJD’s government. BJP led Nitish Kumar is ruling the state & how can Godi media go against their own govt despite Journlists being killed by goons.

Two journalists were killed when an SUV rammed into their bike in Bhojpur district on late Sunday night.

However, the families of the deceased have alleged that it was a case of murder and a former village head was behind it, police said on Monday.

Rajesh, brother of Naveen Nishchal, has alleged in the FIR that it was a case of murder and a former panchayat head Ahmed Ali alias Harsu and his son Dabloo were behind it, Avakash Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Bhojpur, said said.

Naveen, who worked for a Hindi daily, and his friend Vijay Singh, also a journalist, were going somewhere on a motorcycle last night when they were crushed to death by the SUV near Nahsi village.

The irate villagers were able to intercepted the vehicle, but the occupants of the SUV fled from the scene. The mob later set the SUV on fire, said Superintendent of Police, Bhojpur, Avakash Kumar.

The SUV belongs to Harsu.

It was alleged in the FIR that Harsu had been nursing a grouse against the reporter. While the father-son duo are absconding, the SP said efforts were being made to capture them.

As per media reports, the house of the former head of the village was vandalised by the irate mob. Police have been deployed in the village to control the situation.



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