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JFA demands proper investigation into scribe’s murder

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the killing of another journalist to increase the tally of victims up to five in the last seven months of 2017 in India. The forum demands a proper probe into the incident relating to the murder of television journalist Surender Singh Rana on 29 July in Haryana.

The local media reports revealed that Rana, who was associated with the Jammu-based news channel JK 24x7 News, was shot dead at Gurugram locality in broad daylight by four persons after an aggravated arguments. The young reporter was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The Gurugram police claimed that Rana, who possessed a licensed revolver, was targeted because of monetary disputes. The case was registered at the civil lines police station under sections 302 (murder), 34 (murderous act committed by several person) of the IPC and 25-54-59 of the arms act. The police have already identified all four individuals involved with the murder and started searching for them.

“Whatever the reason behind the murder, the case should be properly investigated by the authority. India has already lost four scribes (Hari Prakash from Jharkhand, Brajesh Kumar Singh from Bihar, Shyam Sharma & Kamlesh Jain from Madhya Pradesh) to assailants this year and nobody has been made accountable for the crimes till date,” said the JFA statement issued by president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.

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