Rakesh Sharma

23 August 2013

The reporter for Dainik Aaj newspaper in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, according to Reporters Without Borders.

The Paris based pressure group said that the victim received a call on his mobile phone shortly after returning home on the evening of 23 August. He left home for the city’s Bakewar district and was killed on the way by gunmen who shot him several times on the Bharthana road, according to police sources.

Nation News Channel journalist Vikas Sharma was quoted by Reporters Without Borders as saying that the journalist was killed because of his reporting on criminal groups operating in Etawah and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh.
Police superintendent N. Chowdhary said the murder was being thoroughly investigated and that the source of the last call he received on his mobile phone would be analysed. Five individuals from Etawah are reportedly suspected even if no arrests have so far been made.

Source. Reporters Without Borders