CBI probe sought into Jharkhand journalists’ killings

Ranchi: An organisation of journalists in Jharkhand on Sunday demanded a probe either by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the murders of four scribes ever since the state was formed in November 2000.

“The killing of four journalists in Jharkhand since 2000 points towards the law and order situation. The state government should either hand over these cases to the CBI or constitute a Special Investigation Team to crack these,” Jharkhand Journalists Association president president Shahnawaz Hassan said.

He said police should arrest the culprits to instil confidence among the journalists in the state.

Hassan said no arrest has been made in the murder of journalist Inderdeo Yadav alias Akhilesh Singh, who was gunned down by unidentified miscreants in Chatra district on Thursday night.

It was only after a hue and cry by the journalists’ fraternity that police began interrogating a suspect.

Journalists murdered earlier in Jharkhand included Pramod Kumar Munna and Adhir Rai, who were killed in the temple town of Deoghar, and Nalin Mishra of Ranchi.