A journalist from Uttar Pradesh identified as Vikram Joshi was shot dead in front of his two daughters in Ghaziabad near Delhi. The incident occurred on Monday night near his residence. He died this morning at a hospital while undergoing treatment.
According to the police, the incident occurred on Monday night at 10:30 pm while Vikram Joshi was driving a motorcycle with his two daughters and some unidentified culprits suddenly pounced on him and started attacking him. One of them shot him in his head point-blank.
Police recovered the CCTV footage that had shown a horrifying scene in which the assailants attacking him and shooting him. His daughters ran helter-skelter to get help. One of hers rushed back only to find her father collapsed. She was seen crying over the body of her father.
Police said he was attacked as he lodged a complaint against the culprits for harassing his niece. The Ghaziabad police said to have arrested 9 persons in this connection and 2 policemen were suspended for negligence in the case.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reacted to the incident and tweeted: “Vikram Joshi was killed because he protested against his niece’s harassment. Condolences to the bereaved family. They promised Ram Rajya and delivered Goondaraj”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted: “My heartfelt condolences to the family of Vikram Joshi, a fearless journalist who passed away today. He was shot in UP for filing an FIR to book his niece’s molesters. An atmosphere of fear has been created in the country. Voices being muzzled. Media not spared. Shocking”