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Journalist Killed by Four Individuals in Bihar

Vimal Kumar Yadav, who was allegedly a witness to his younger brother’s murder by the same individuals two years ago

A journalist in Araria district was shot dead by four individuals a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said opposition parties were making false statements about the state’s law and order. Vimal Kumar Yadav, a Dainik Jagran reporter, was shot in the chest in the Raniganj block. One arrest has been made while the hunt for the other three continues. 

Four persons knocked on Mr. Yadav’s door at 5.30 a.m. on Friday and began fire as soon as he replied. He was airlifted to Raniganj Referral Hospital, where physicians pronounced him dead.

Mr. Yadav witnessed the alleged murder of his younger brother by the same people two years ago. That matter is currently being tried in court.

“Vimal was constantly getting threats to change his testimony.” He also lodged a written complaint with the Raniganj police station, requesting security. Despite this, neither safety nor those issuing the threats were detained,” a family member stated.

“It is a very unfortunate incident, and as soon as I learned about it, I directed senior police officials to take strict action,” Mr. Nitish Kumar remarked on the sidelines of a Patna event. “Police are investigating this case.” “It should not have happened,” he stated.

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The Additional Director General’s office (Headquarters) released a statement: “On August 18, 2023, around 5:30 a.m. in Premnagar village, Araria, Vimal Kumar (35), a local journalist for Dainik Jagran, was called to his door by unknown people and shot. The police chief and Araria’s Superintendent visited, and the body was sent for examination. The cause seems to be an old dispute with a neighbor. More investigation is ongoing.”


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