Chief Minister responds to the killing of a Bihar journalist at his residence.

In Bihar’s Araria district, a local journalist named Vimal Kumar Yadav, aged 35, was tragically shot dead at his residence by unidentified gunmen. The incident unfolded in the Raniganj Bazaar area, prompting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to describe it as a sorrowful event. Upon learning of the news, he swiftly instructed officials to launch an investigation into the crime, expressing his disbelief that a journalist could meet such a fate.

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Vimal Kumar Yadav was a journalist for the ‘Dainik Jagran’ newspaper. On the morning of the incident at around 5:30 am, the assailants knocked on his door and called his name. Tragically, when he opened the door, he was shot in the chest.

Local law enforcement swiftly arrived at the scene, with the police station chief and the Superintendent of Police, Araria, conducting investigations. The deceased’s body was sent for an autopsy, and a forensic team along with a dog squad were also dispatched to the location.

Early indications from preliminary investigations suggest that an old dispute with his neighbors could be behind the tragic event. Notably, Vimal Kumar Yadav’s younger brother Kumar Shashibhushan alias Gabbu had been killed in a similar manner two years prior. Vimal was the main witness in that case, and his murder is suspected to be connected to it. He had reportedly faced multiple threats warning him against testifying against his brother’s killer during the ongoing court trial.

ADG (HQ) Jitendra Singh Gangwar proposed the possibility that after reading the charge sheet, the accused might have believed Vimal Kumar Yadav’s testimony was crucial to the case. The police were set to explore this angle, as the family alleged a connection between the two murders.

Vimal Kumar Yadav left behind a 15-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter. Opposition voices criticized the government, with the state BJP president, Samrat Choudhary, claiming that such incidents highlighted the perilous state of democracy in Bihar. Chirag Paswan, a former leader of the Lok Janshakti Party, and now aligned with the BJP-led NDA, echoed the sentiment, asserting that the government was unable to safeguard both the police and the press. He referred to the recent killing of a police officer in Samastipur as another instance of the government’s inability to protect its citizens.

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