A journalist working for a local Hindi daily was killed after allegedly being kidnapped in Patthalgada area of Chatra district late Monday night.
Police have registered an FIR on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victim’s father against Prashant, the leader of Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a Maoist splinter group, besides another person with whom the journalist is alleged to have been involved in a fight.
A special investigation team, headed by a DSP, has been constituted to probe the case.
According to the police, Chandan Tiwari, son of labour leader Raghubar Tiwari and a resident of Dumbi village in Patthalgada police station area, was found unconscious in a jungle near his village.
“He was last seen with some persons at Patthalgada Chowk and they appeared to have taken him away to the Baltharwa forest,” said a senior police officer. Police found him unconscious and he was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. “It appears that he was beaten by a blunt object. The post-mortem was videographed. Further probe is on,” the officer said.
Investigations have revealed that Tiwari, who worked for Hindi daily Aaj as its Patthalgada news representative, had filed at least two police complaints in the last six-and-a-half-months.
“The first one was filed more than six months ago against a mukhiya and another person, alleging threat over a report. About two months ago, he had filed another application alleging that TPC operatives were threatening him, apparently for taking a stand against them. The victim’s father… has also named a person with whom Tiwari apparently got into an altercation last night,” said DIG (Hazaribagh) Pankaj Kamboj.
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