Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of a journalist working with local Hindi television news channel in Chatra district on May 12. The police said that, prima facie, a dispute over contract work was the motive behind the killing. The accused and the victim had fought over the issue three days before the incident.
According to the police, the two persons, arrested Monday, have been identified as Birbal Ganjhu and Jhaman Ganjhu. The identity of the other two involved in the incident has also been established. Hunt is on to arrest them. The police said that the absconding accused were involved in shooting.
Akhilesh Pratap alias Indradev Yadav, aged around 38, used to work for Taza TV and report from Chatra. He was shot dead when he was returning home near the district collectorate under Town police station area on May 16 night. He was shot at least thrice.
Jharkhand police spokesperson and Additional Director General (Operations), S N Pradhan, said: “The CCTV footage of the spot of occurrence helped us identify the culprits as their faces were visible. They were seen sitting on the motorcycle, which was used in the offence. A hunt is on to nab the absconding accused.”
Preliminary investigations have revealed that, apart from being a journalist, Pratap also indulged in some contract work. The accused reportedly were angry with him over some business-related issues. “Three days before the incident, the two sides had some quarrel in this regard. Further interrogation of the arrested accused and those involved in the shooting would unravel the case,” said Pradhan.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the slain journalist. Jharkhand Journalist Association had also taken up the matter submitting memorandum demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.