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TV scribe shot dead in UP, third incident in four months

In the third such incident in four months in Uttar Pradesh, a local television journalist was allegedly shot dead by motorcycle-borne miscreants in Dheena area.

Hemant Yadav (45) who worked with a news channel was shot by bike-borne miscreants on Saturday night, Superintendent of police Amit Verma said.

The scribe was rushed to the government hospital where he died.

Yadav’s body has been sent for post-mortem, police said, adding that an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons at Chandauli police station following a complaint by the deceased’s wife.

Three special police teams have been formed to expedite the investigation into the case, Verma said, adding, some inputs have been received.

In June, journalist Jagendra Singh was allegedly set on fire during a police raid at his house in Shahjahanpur. His family alleged that the police officials set him on fire. Singh, who was in his 50s, succumbed to injuries on June 8.

An FIR was registered against six persons including a UP minister, who was said to be angry over Singh’s Facebook posts about his illegal mining activities and land grabbing.

In another incident, a part-time reporter for a local Hindi daily in Bareilly district, Sanjay Pathak, was allegedly killed by two persons in August.

Police said Pathak (42) was hit several times on the head with some heavy object and might have died of excessive bleeding.

Another local scribe was attacked and nearly killed allegedly by the mining mafia in Chitrakoot district a few months back.

Before that another journalist was dragged on the road by goons after tying him to a motor bike in Pilibhit district.

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