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Ghaziabad journalist Vikram Joshi dies of bullet injury

Vikram Joshi

Vikram Joshi  

Ghaziabad journalist Vikram Joshi, who was shot at by assailants on the night of July 20, died of his bullet injury on Wednesday morning in a private hospital, police said.

Mr. Joshi was shot four days after he lodged a complaint in the Vijay Nagar police station against three persons for harassing and making objectionable comments against his niece. 

Nine persons, including two of the three main accused Ravi and Shehnoor Mansoor alias Chhotu - who allegedly shot Mr. Joshi with a .315 bore country-made pistol - were arrested on Tuesday.

Mr. Joshi’s sister Payal alleged that Raghvendra Singh, police post in charge of Pratap Vihar, who was suspended by SSP Kalanidhi Naithani on Tuesday, was directly involved in the murder of her brother. She said the accused had criminal records but no action was taken against them.

Superintendent of Police (City) Manish Mishra said the inquiry would look into all such aspects. “There has been a lapse and the responsibility has to be fixed,” he said.

Mr. Mishra said Ravi lived near Ms Payal’s residence and the two families had a history of acrimony. “On July 16, there was a clash between the two groups and Ravi’s group had also lodged a counter-complaint”.

“Ravi was hospitalised and it seems it was there that he hatched the plot,” said Rakesh Mishra, Circle Officer I, Ghaziabad.

Furkan Malik, a family friend of Mr. Joshi, who accompanied him to the police station on July 16, said, “Even a few hours before his murder, Vikram called up the police post in charge that he could see Ravi’s friends doing the reccee of the area but the in charge said he was not well and would look into it the next morning.”

He said Ravi’s counter-complaint was a part of his plan. “He got himself admitted to the hospital so that he could orchestrate the shooting from there. When the police arrested him, there were no visible marks of injury.”

Families had a bitter past

Mr. Malik admitted that the two families had a bitter past. “Ravi was stalking Vikram’s niece for some time. Last November, he approached police when Ravi and his friends passed lewd comments at her and they had a fight but it was settled mutually in the police station”.

On Wednesday, journalists and family members of Mr. Joshi refused to receive his body, demanding strict action against the erring officials and relief for the family.. 

District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey reached Yashoda Hospital, where Mr. Joshi was admitted, and announced a relief of ₹10 lakh from the State government for the family of the deceased. He also promised free education to the journalist’s daughters and a job for the wife.

The murder of a journalist in front of his daughters on a busy road created an outrage across the region.

Rahul slams U.P. government

Offering condolences to the journalist’s family, Rahul Gandhi slammed the Uttar Pradesh government as he tweeted: ‘They promised Ram Rajya but delivered Gunda Raj’ in Hindi.

The National Union of Journalists- India, the Delhi Journalists Association and the UP Journalists Association demanded a compensation of ₹1 crore from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the family of Mr. Joshi.

General secretary of DJA K.P. Malik said it had been decided to take out a march from the Press Club to the Prime Minister’s Office to highlight the attack on journalists and the ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

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