2 held for MP journalist’s murder, 1 accused still on the run

  • IANS, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 23, 2015 00:14 IST

Two people were arrested for the death of a journalist who was kidnapped in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district and burnt alive.

Police recovered the body of Sandeep Kothari, 28, from a railway track near a jungle in neighbouring Maharashtra’s Wardha district and suspect it to be a case of personal rivalry. Kothari used to write about the suspected activities of some people linked to chit fund and illegal mining.

According to the police, Kothari was abducted on Friday when he was going on a motorbike with a friend. After brutally beating his friend, the kidnappers took Kothari away with them.

DC Sagar, a senior police official from Balaghat, said on Monday that a hunt for Kothari’s kidnappers was launched soon after police received information about the incident.

Two suspects — Vishal Tandi and Brajesh Daharwal — who were arrested, revealed the journalist was burnt to death. Their third accomplice was missing, the officer said. Police have announced a reward of Rs30,000 for the arrest of the third accused who is on the run, he added.

Terming the killing of the journalist “barbaric”, the Opposition Congress on Monday set up its own three-member committee led by legislator Madhu Bhagat. It will submit its report to Opposition leader Satyadev Katare within a week.

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