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A journalist of a prominent vernacular daily was shot dead in Rohtas district of Bihar this morning apparently over his articles on illegal stone chips units, the police said. The scribe, 35-year-old Dharmendra Singh, was having tea at a road side stall at his Amra tola village where he was shot by some unidentified assailants, sub divisional police officer Alok Ranjan said. The assailant pumped bullet in his stomach from point blank range resulting in his death.
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He died on way to Varanasi, he said. Singh is survived by wife and a son. The victim was working for a prominent Hindi daily at Sasaram. The SDPO said probe is on in the murder case.
The murder is suspectedly linked to illegal quarrying business in Rohtas district. The killing of another scribe, Rajdeo Ranjan, at Siwan in the same district in May last had sent shockwaves throughout the country.