UP journalist’s homicide: Police officer suspended, 6 arrested

Ballia, August 25

A police officer was suspended in reference to the homicide of a journalist working with a Hindi information channel right here whereas six accused have been arrested to date within the case, police mentioned on Tuesday. 

On the criticism lodged by the daddy of journalist Ratan Singh (45) towards 10 folks, six accused—Sushil Singh, Dinesh Singh, Arvind Singh, Suneel Singh, Vir Bahadur Singh and Vinay Singh have been arrested to date, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sanjay Yadav mentioned.

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

An official spokesperson in Lucknow mentioned the chief minister has directed officers to make sure strict motion towards the accused. 

Ratan Singh was shot useless on Monday evening in Phephana Police Station space. The police station in-charge of Phephna, Shashi Mauli Pandey, has been suspended and efforts are on to nab the remaining accused, the ASP mentioned. 

The ASP mentioned that the journalist’s father, Vinod Singh, alleged that Sonu Singh of the identical village had referred to as his son at round eight pm and invited him to his home the place the accused had been ready with lathis and a revolver they usually killed Ratan Singh.

Meanwhile, the Ballia Working Journalist Union has demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore and a authorities job for the spouse of the deceased.

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

“Accused Dinesh Singh is parcener (pattidar) of Ratan Singh. The reason of the fight, which led to murder of the journalist is old enmity and property dispute with the neighbour,” the senior police officer mentioned.

He categorically acknowledged that Ratan Singh’s killing had nothing to do with him being a journalist.

“Action under the National Security Act and Gangster Act will also be ensured against the accused,” he mentioned. — PTI

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