The police have sought services of a photo analyst to identify a suspect captured in CCTV footage, minutes before the murder of TV journalist Indradev Yadav aka Akhilesh Pratap.
Indradev, who hailed from Gaya district in Bihar, had shifted to Chatra six years ago. Unidentified people shot him on Thursday evening near Devaria panchayat secretariat on the Chatra bypass, when he was returning home on a two-wheeler. The Tazza TV journalist was shot at least three times — in the head, neck and back.
The CCTV cameras installed at the nearby collectorate building recorded images of Indradev with a companion and a stranger behind them. Based on the footage, the police interrogated the person who was accompanying Indradev but the other person could not be identified.
“We have sought the service of a photo analyst to help us identify the person seen in the CCTV footage. His picture is not clear and we believe him to be the key suspect of this case,” Chatra superintendent of police Anjani Kumar Jha said.
A team of forensic experts visited the scene of crime on Friday and collected samples. “The sealed exhibits will be sent to the forensic science laboratory for examination soon,” the SP said.
Police officers investigating the case said that the manner of the murder pointed to the involvement of professional killers. “We seized five empty cartridges from the spot. The involvement of sharp shooters cannot be ruled out,” Jha said.