A 37-year-old journalist, Naveen Gupta was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bilhaur police station area of Kanpur district on Thursday evening. The police said the motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained. Naveen suffered five gunshot injuries, they added.
Circle Officer, Bilhaur, Subodh Jaiswal said Naveen, a local stringer with a Hindi daily newspaper, was sitting at his cloth shop located near the Nagar Palika. At around 6.30 pm, Naveen left his shop to answer nature’s call. Two minutes later, Naveen’s younger brother Nitin Gupta, who was also sitting at the shop, heard the sound of gunshots being fired. “He rushed to the spot and saw Naveen lying in a pool of blood. Naveen was rushed to community health centre, where doctors declared him dead. Naveen suffered five gunshot injuries,” said the circle officer. He confirmed that Naveen was working for a Hindi daily.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Kanpur, Jai Prakash Singh said the family is yet to file a complaint. When contacted, Additional Director General, Kanpur zone, Avinash Chandra said personal enmity seems to be the motive behind the murder.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences and directed DGP Sulkhan Singh to personally follow up the investigation and arrest culprits soon. “Chief Minister has expressed his condolences and has directed DGP to personally follow up the investigation immediately to catch the culprits. DM, SSP are moving to the spot and the unfortunate incident is being monitored,” said Principal Secretary Information, Avaneesh Awasthi.