Jaitley & PCI condemn attacks on journalists

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Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister. Photo-PTI

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister.
Photo-PTI

Strongly condemning the killing of two journalists on Friday, Information and Broadcasting said Arun Jaitley on Saturday demanded an independent investigation into the matter.

“I strongly condemn murder of journalists Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan & Akhilesh Pratap Singh in Chatra district. Independent investigation may be instituted & guilty be punished,” the Minister on twitter.

The Press Council of India (PCI) has also demanded that a special law be enacted to ensure safety of scribes and cases of attacks on them be tried by fast-track courts. PCI chairman Justice (retd) Chandramouli Kumar Prasad rued the fact that in 96 per cent of such cases, the matter is not taken to logical conclusion.

“I urge upon the Government of India to enact a special law for protection of journalists and speedy trial of cases of attacks and assaults them in special fast track courts ,” he said.

On Friday evening, Rajdev Ranjan was shot dead in Bihar’s Siwan district. In Jharkhand’s Chatra district, 35-year-old Akhilesh Pratap Singh, who worked for a local news channel, was gunned down on Thursday night.

A senior journalist, Rajdeo Ranjan, was shot dead on Friday evening by unidentified men, when he was going on his motorcycle to a fruit market. Ranjan was rushed to the hospital, but could not survive the injuries.  Local media reports suggest that Ranjan had been writing for a long time against law-breakers of the area.

A similar incident took place in neighbouring Jharkhand where journalist Akhilesh Pratap Singh was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das also condemned the incident and asked the state police to arrest the assailants at the earliest.