DGP appoints special officer to probe photojournalist's death

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Panaji, Dec 17 (UNI) Goa Director General of Police B S Brar today announced appointment of a special officer to probe the mysterious death of young photojournalist Sushant Naik of Marathi daily 'Goa Doot' on night of December 3 at the posh Altinho area in the capital.

He also announced a reward of Rs 10,000 to anybody who comes out with clues that could lead to the arrest of the miscreants.

The body of Sushant, son of a Goa Doordarshan's correspondent Sunil Naik, was found bearing head injuries suspectedly in a ''hit and run'' case. His body was recovered from near the gate of a house. It was later handed over to the Goa Medical College Hospsital.

He made these announcements when a five-member delegation of Goa Union of Journalists called on him this evening, expressing apprehension over the pace of investigation and fearing the police might be shielding the real culprits.

Mr Brar addressed the mediapersons standing in front of the police headquarters on way home and assured them that the probe would be impartial and professional.

Earlier, the city journalists took out a silent march from Azad Maidan to the Panaji Police Station, where they waited for the concerned police Inspector for half an hour in vain. Later, they marched to the DGP's office to find out the latest position of investigation in the case.

With the police releasing a vehicle suspected to be involved in the mishap, the journalists were perplexed and started doubting the investigation.

The day before, some angry citizens shouted slogans at the police station, demanding a fair and impartial probe.


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