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EGI says journalist’s death in Lakhimpur violence raises many questions, demands probe

In a statement, the Guild noted that there are "competing versions" coming in the media about the death of TV journalist Raman Kashyap with one version claiming that he died of bullet wounds.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
October 5, 2021 10:53:24 pm
People take a look at the overturned SUV which destroyed in Sunday's violence during farmers' protest, at Tikonia area of Lakhimpur Kheri district. (PTI Photo)

The death of TV journalist Raman Kashyap in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence is shocking and raises many questions, the Editors Guild of India (EGI) said on Tuesday and demanded that a separate probe should be conducted by a court-led special investigation team to ascertain the circumstances under which he died.

In a statement, the Guild noted that there are “competing versions” coming in the media about the death of Kashyap with one version claiming that he died of bullet wounds.

“EGI is shocked by the death of Raman Kashyap… He was killed along with eight others in the violence that erupted after some vehicles were driven through the protesting farmers allegedly under the instructions of Ashish Mishra, son of Union minister of state, Ajay Kumar Mishra,” the EGI said.

Kashyap was reporting on the events of the day when the “horrific incident” of the convoy running through protesting farmers took place, “killing some of them”, the Guild said.

“In what is clearly a terror attack meant to spread fear amongst the farmers, the killing of Kashyap raises many questions. There are competing versions about Kashyap’s death including a version that claims he died of bullet wounds,” it added.

The EGI said an independent inquiry is, therefore, needed to establish the cause of the TV journalist’s death.

“The Editors Guild demands that the death of Kashyap be separately probed by a court-led special investigation team to ascertain the circumstances of his death and also attempt to recover and use the footage of his camera to build the sequence of events leading to his death,” the EGI said.

The Editors body also expressed concern over the varying versions of the incident in different sections of media and suggested that the media must report the facts, not the versions.

“The EGI is concerned about the varying versions of the incident in different sections of the media. It is imperative for the media to report the facts and not versions,” it said.

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