Vijay Pratap Singh had gone to meet Nand Gopal Gupta when a bomb exploded

Indian Express senior reporter Vijay Pratap Singh died in a hospital here on Tuesday night, nine days after he was injured in a bomb attack near the home of an Uttar Pradesh Minister in Allahabad.

He was 38. He is survived by his wife Shashi, a five-year old son and 10-month-old daughter.

Singh had gone to meet Institutional Finance Minister Nand Gopal Gupta at his home in the morning of July 12.

As they were stepping out of the house at 10.50 a.m., a bomb, kept in a moped and triggered by a remote control device, exploded.

Five others still in hospital

Seven people were injured in the attack, which the police said was carried out by a contract killer hired by a panchayat head with an old feud against the Minister.

While a Bahujan Samaj Party worker Rakesh Malviya died a few hours later, the other five are still in hospital.

Singh was shifted to the Army's Research and Referral Hospital here, where he underwent several surgeries last week, according to the Indian Express. However, his condition deteriorated on Monday.

Singh was known for reporting on the criminal-politician nexus in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

He had covered the three-day encounter between dacoit Ghanshyam Kewat and 400 policemen and the death of an Indian Justice Party candidate during the Lok Sabha elections.

His last article, datelined on the day of the attack, was on the lack of trainers at the District Institutes of Education and Training. Before joining the Indian Express in 2008, Singh worked with The Times of India for nine years. He started his career with The Leader in Allahabad.

This seems to be the first case of an Indian journalist dying in the line of duty this year, though attacks on the press have been escalating across the country.