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India: Journalist Shot shot dead in UP state, second such incident within a month

Balliya, UP, IndiaA journalist working with a Hindi news channel was on Monday night shot dead in Balliya district of Uttar Pradesh.

The journalist, identified as Ratan Singh, was killed in the Fefana area of the Balliya district on Monday, the police said. "Ratan Singh, a journalist working with a Hindi news channel was shot dead on Monday night in Phephana. He has been identified as Ratan Singh (45). We are investigating the case,” Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Yadav said. According to a police officer, the shooter was an associate of the victim. The police said that the journalist was killed after a fight with his associate turned violent.

"He was shot dead at the residence of the village head. It's being told that they had some old dispute. The investigation is underway. All accused will be arrested soon," SP Devendra Nath said.

This is the second incident in Uttar Pradesh where a journalist has been shot dead. Earlier on July 22, a journalist, Vikram Joshi, was shot at by miscreants in Ghaziabad near Delhi days after he had filed a police complaint over harassment of his niece. He was travelling with his daughters when a group of men sprayed him with bullets in front of his children.

Vikram Joshi was rushed to a hospital, but he succumbed to injuries two days later. Vikram Joshi's death and a recent spate of crime against women and children in the state has already put the Yogi Aditynatah-led BJP government in a spot. Another journalist's death is most likely to draw more ire against the ruling dispensation in UP.

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