A Hindi newspaper journalist was shot dead by unknown assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district on Saturday.
The victim was identified as Rajesh Mishra, a journalist with Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.
Mr. Mishra, 38, was at the building materials shop run by his family when three unknown persons riding a motorbike came there at around 7 a.m and shot him, police said. Mr. Mishra was also associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The incident took place at the Brahmanpura chauraha under Thana Karanda of Ghazipur, which is in Purvanchal. The victim’s house is located a kilometre away.
The journalist’s brother, Amitabh Mishra, was also shot at and is critically injured. He was rushed to the district hospital in Ghazipur but was referred to a hospital in Varanasi where he is receiving treatment.
“Upon hearing the sound of bullets, Rajesh Mishra’s brother Amitabh Mishra, who was working in the fields behind the shop, came to his brother’s rescue. The assailants shot at him too and fled the spot,” a police spokesperson said.
The police said it had already found key clues regarding the murder.
“We have marked the suspects and believe they will be arrested today,” said Anand Kumar, Additional Director General of Law and Order.
“Suspected enmity is probably the reason. Two suspects have been identified. Arrest should happen soon.”