Journalist shot dead by Maoists in Jharkhand

Khunti, Mon, 29 Apr 2013 ANI

Khunti (Jharkhand), April 29 (ANI): A journalist was shot dead by the Maoists in Jharkhand, in a bid to instil fear in the hearts of the locals and among the fraternity of scribes.

General Secretary of Jharkhand Union for Journalists, Shiv Agrawal, said that despite their demand for protection, the administration hasn't taken any definitive steps.

"The state authorities were notified that the journalists in the Maoist regions be given protection. Even the administration had agreed to this suggestion and demand. The murder that took place yesterday proves it was a planned murder. They have very brutally gunned him (Mratak Jitender Singh) down," said Shiv Agrawal.

The slain journalist Jitender Singh, worked with a Hindi newspaper, but he also took care of some of the construction work in the region.

He was cremated at his hometown of Murhu on Sunday.

The Maoists, believed to be from the faction of People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), shot him dead on the night of Saturday when he along with two of his friends had gone to visit the construction of the road on Pasrabeda-Khatanga route.

According to certain locals, about 10 to 12 Maoists of the region gunned him down, while his friends managed to escape.

On its part, the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in a note claimed responsibility for killing the scribe over some welfare work in the area.

Superintendent of Police of Khunti district, M Taleem Vannan said that they have started the probe and will take action at the earliest.

"We found a letter out of his shirt pocket, in which the PLFI (People's Liberation Front of India) has claimed responsibility. They said in the letter that since he didn't abide by their rules, he was punished with death. We have commenced the inquiry and carrying out raids as to who are the responsible individuals and why did they murder Jitender Singh," Taleem said.(ANI)

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