A young TV journalist of Khallikote town in Ganjam district of Orissa was stabbed to death by unidentified miscreants Tuesday night, according to police.
Tarun Kumar Acharya, 35, a journalist working with Oriya channel Kanak TV, was attacked with sharp weapons near Khallikote police station when he was coming home on his motorcycle. The assault happened at around 10.30 pm.
Local people who were passing by that road found Acharya lying in a pool of blood with his throat slit open. He was declared dead in hospital.
Ganjam SP in-charge Aniruddh Singh said family members of Acharya have named three people as suspects in the FIR. However, he did not name the accused. Singh said the police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the killers. All the entry and exit points of the town have been sealed.
Kanak TV editor-in-chief Soumya Ranjan Patnaik told The Indian Express that he did not think the killing was due to any story Acharya did. “I think it was due to some rivalry in the family,” he said.
Acharya joined Kanak TV three months ago and his last big story was on a cashew nut processing factory employing child labourers. The police said a few weeks ago, Acharya had published a news about his cousin getting beaten up in Oriya newspaper Sambad. The police suspect his cousins may be behind his murder.
Acharya had got married a little more than a year ago and is survived by his wife and a daughter.