An investigative journalist died in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh after a heavy vehicle ran over him in the early hours of Monday. 35-year-old was hit by the dumper. He was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment.
Sandeep Sharma worked as a stringer for a national TV news channel named News World. He had earlier approached the police claiming there was an immediate threat to his life.
Recently, he investigated illegal sand mining case in MP in which he had accused a police officer of being involved with the sand mafia. The police officer was transferred from his place after the TV channel aired an audio conversation involving him.
Sandeep was run over near the Kotwali Police Station area. The police have cordoned off the area and are checking CCTV camera footage. Bhind SP Prashant Khare said an offense under Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) has been registered in connection with the death. He said the police have formed a Special Investigation Team to probe into the incident.
“The truck involved in the accident has been seized and they are looking for the driver who fled the accident,” Khare added.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that strict actions will be taken against the person responsible for Sharma’s death. The security of journalists is our priority.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia has demanded a CBI investigation in the case. “He was killed in broad daylight, Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under the BJP’s rule,” Scindia told the media.
Earlier two journalists were killed in Bihar on Saturday night. They were run over by a village council head and his men in Bhojpur (around 80 km from Patna). Navin Nishchal, who worked for Dainik Bhaskar, and his colleague Vijay Singh, were on a bike when they were hit by a car.