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Uttar Pradesh: One held for murder of journalist

One of the accused, Ramgopal Singh, has been arrested; the other, Tej Pratap Singh, is absconding, police said.

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Police said the incident took place in the morning when the journalist, Radheyshyam Sharma, was on way to a private girls’ intermediate college, where he also used to teach.

A 55-year-old journalist working for a Hindi daily was allegedly murdered by two neighbours in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district on Thursday.

One of the accused, Ramgopal Singh, has been arrested; the other, Tej Pratap Singh, is absconding, police said.

Police said the incident took place in the morning when the journalist, Radheyshyam Sharma, was on way to a private girls’ intermediate college, where he also used to teach.

Police suspect he was killed over a personal vendetta.

Kushinagar Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Mishra said, “Sharma, who belonged to Sikatiya village, was a reporter with Aaj newspaper and also a teacher at a private girls’ college. He left home and reached Dubauli village, around 2 km from his home, when two men allegedly waylaid him and slit his throat. Sharma screamed for help and people rushed to the spot but the assailants had escaped by then.”

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Mishra said the murder appeared to be planned as Sharma was attacked at a secluded place.

On a complaint by Sharma’s son Ajay, a murder case was registered against Tej Pratap and Ramgopal. Sniffer dogs had traced bloodstained clothes at the residence of the absconding accused, the SP said.