India

Nemi Chand Jain

13 February 2013

The 45-year-old journalist based in Tongapal, the tribal Sukma district in the South Bastar area of Chhattisgarh, in central India, was found dead with his throat slit. His body was discovered on the road in the Leda village of the area, around four kilometres away from Tongapal.

A note clipped to his belt accused the journalist of being a police informer, according to investigations by the Times of India.Reports said that Jain, who worked for the region’s Hindi dailies Hari Bhoomi and Dainik Bhaskar, had gone to the weekly market in Nama village on Tuesday and never returned. Initial commentaries expressed suspicion of involvement by the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).

However, security officials raised doubts over such involvement based on the fact that the style of the crime did not match usual Maoist practices, and the Communist Party officially denied any connection to the case. Reports said that the Maoists dropped leaflets in the nearby area claiming that they had no responsibility for the murder.

Source: IPI