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Bihar journalist killed in road accident, family alleges murder

Journalist Naveen Nishchal worked for a Hindi daily. His brother alleged that the death was a case of murder and accused a former Panchayat and his son to be behind it.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2018 13:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Ara (Bihar)
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A local journalist was among two persons killed when an SUV rammed into their bike in Bhojpur district, with the family alleging that it was a case of murder and a former village head was behind it, police said on Monday.

Naveen and his friend Vijay Singh were riding a motorcycle on Sunday night when they were crushed to death by the SUV near Nahsi village.

Irate villagers intercepted the vehicle, but its occupants fled. The mob set the SUV on fire, Avakash Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Bhojpur, said.

Rajesh, brother of Naveen Nishchal who worked for a Hindi daily, had alleged in the FIR that it was a case of murder and a former Panchayat Mukhiya Ahmed Ali alias Harsu and his son Dabloo were behind it, the SP said.

The SUV belongs to Harsu.

It was alleged in the FIR that Harsu had been nursing a grouse against the reporter, the SP said.

Efforts are on to nab the father-son duo who are absconding, the SP said, adding that villagers had also vandalised the house of the ex-village head.

Police have been deployed in the village where the situation is tense but under control.

First Published: Mar 26, 2018 12:34 IST