A photojournalist of a leading Hindi newspaper and his brother were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district early Sunday morning. All the accused are absconding and the police have initiated an investigation.
The police have claimed prima facie that journalist Ashish Janwani and his brother got into an argument with their neighbours over the disposal of waste that took a violent turn later. While Janwani succumbed to his injuries during treatment, his brother died on the spot.
“Hon’ble CM has taken cognisance of the Saharanpur incident wherein the journalist of Dainik Jagran and his brother were shot dead by the assailants. SSP Saharanpur has been directed of the strongest action. The government stands by the bereaved family in this moment of grief,” a government statement said.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the journalist and his brother, the statement added.
“Yeh Uttar Pradesh jo ‘Uttam Pradesh’ kehlaya jana chahiye tha aaj ‘Hatya Pradesh’ kaha ja raha hai. Yahan hatyayein lagataar ho rahi hain (Uttar Pradesh, which should have been called better place, is now being called a killer state. Murders have become a continuous affair in the state),” ANI quoted Akhilesh as saying.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted, “What will you call such management where there is a norm of daily shootouts? People responsible for stopping such incidents are busy in daubing them and UP is already infested with crime.”