Just two days after the country mourned the murder of noted journalist Gauri Lankesh, another journalist was shot at in Bihar by two bike-borne unidentified assailants and remains in a critical condition. On the same day, West Bengal based Kolkata TV's Birbhum reporter Anjan De was thrashed for allegedly intervening a mob which was thrashing kids on suspicion of theft.
According to agencies, on Thursday, journalist Pankaj Mishra - working with Hindi newspaper Rashtriya Sahara was shot at by two bike-borne men in Arwal district of Bihar. He was also robbed off Rs 1 lakh. So far, one arrest has been made in the case. Speaking to the media, Pankaj said that one of the two men who attacked him was close to the JD(U) legislator Satyadeo Singh for Kurtha.
The police reached the spot and investigation has been initiated, Dilip Kumar, SP of Arwal called it a case of personal enmity.
Speaking to another News Channel, Pankaj alleged that he one of the arrested assailants Kundan Mahto was the son of Singh's personal assistant Anant Kumar Verma. Mishra said that he had written against Kundan and that could be a possible reason behind the attack on him.
On the same day, Anjan De of Kolkata TV was thrashed ruthlessly by local goons in Rampurhat, while the police were present at the spot when he tried to stop few men from thrashing kids on the suspicion of theft.
Anjan was attacked along with his camera person. The camera was also snatched. Anjan is now critical and will be shifted to Bardhaman hospital.
The police did not register any case, however, the local goons lodged a complaint with the police against Anjan accusing him of molesting two women, a cover-up move as the chief reporter of the channel said.
The incidents come just days after eminent personalities gathered across the country to protest the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh.