Three extra held in reference to killing of journalist in UP’s Ballia

Ballia (UP), August 30 

Three extra individuals have been arrested in reference to the homicide of journalist Ratan Singh right here, a senior police official stated on Sunday.

Six individuals had been arrested earlier within the case on August 25, police stated.

“A joint team of police, Special Operations Group (SOG) and surveillance on Saturday arrested Uday Narayan Singh, Anil Singh and Tejbahadur Singh,” Superintendent of Police Devendra Nath stated on Sunday.

The three had been carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 every on info resulting in their arrest, the SP stated.

A stick and two axes used within the crime have been recovered, he stated.

The SP stated a neighborhood court docket had issued a non-bailable warrant towards the three accused.

Ratan Singh (45), who labored with a Hindi information channel, was shot useless on August 24 evening within the Phephana police station space of the district.

A day later, a police officer was suspended whereas six individuals had been arrested in reference to the homicide.

Ballia’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sanjay Yadav had earlier stated that on the criticism of the journalist’s father, six individuals — Sushil Singh, Dinesh Singh, Arvind Singh, Suneel Singh, Vir Bahadur Singh and Vinay Singh –have been arrested. He added that Phephana police station in-charge Shashi Mauli Pandey was suspended.

He stated the criticism was lodged towards 10 individuals.

According to the ASP, the journalist’s father, Vinod Singh, alleged that Sonu Singh of their village had known as his son to his home round eight pm the place the accused had been ready with lathis and a revolver and so they killed him.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar had acknowledged on August 24 evening that Ratan Singh had a property dispute together with his neighbour and after a combat between the 2, he was shot useless.

Accused Dinesh Singh is the parcener (pattidar) of Ratan Singh. An outdated enmity and a property dispute with the neighbour led to the journalist’s homicide, a senior police official had stated.

He stated Ratan Singh’s killing had nothing to do together with his being a journalist.

The incident drew flak from the Opposition, which alleged “poor” regulation and order and accused the state authorities of failing to curb crime.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath introduced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the household of the deceased and supplied condolences.–PTI 

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