Journalist shot in UP’s Ghaziabad succumbs to injuries

Journalist Vikram Joshi

Journalist Vikram Joshi, who was shot at by unknown miscreants near his residence in Vijay Nagar, Ghaziabad on July 20, breathed his last at a hospital, doctors said on Wednesday.

The doctor monitoring Joshi said that the veins in the journalists’ head had got badly damaged due to the bullet injury. A total of nine accused have been arrested in the matter and efforts to nab another accused are underway.

Kalanidhi Naithani, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad said, “Nine people have been arrested, including two main accused, Ravi and Chotu. An illegal weapon was also seized from their possession.”

Meanwhile, a group of journalists held a protest against the murder of Journalist Vikram Joshi.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi termed the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government as ‘goonda raj’ (rule by hooligans).

“Journalist Vikram Jashi was killed after he protested against the harassment against his niece. My condolence to the family. They promised Ram Raj, but gave Goondaraj,” Gandhi tweeted.

“The chief minister has announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased and a job for his wife,” Ajay Shankar Pandey, Ghaziabad’s district magistrate, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The Station in-charge has been suspended and departmental inquiry initiated after the family of the journalist alleged inaction by the police.

The incident occurred on Monday, days after Vikram Joshi had filed a complaint with Vijay Nagar Police Station stating that some men were harassing his niece. Joshi has suffered a bullet injury on his head.

Joshi’s brother, Aniket Joshi had said, “A few men were harassing his niece a few days ago and my brother had opposed it and also filed a police complaint. A case was also registered following which he was shot at by those miscreants.”

(With ANI inputs)

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