Sasaram: A journalist of a prominent vernacular daily was shot dead in Rohtas district of Bihar this morning apparently over his articles on illegal stone chips units, the police said.
The scribe, 35-year-old Dharmendra Singh, was having tea at a roadside stall at his Amra tola village where he was shot by some unidentified assailants, sub-divisional police officer Alok Ranjan said.
The assailant pumped bullets in Singh’s stomach from point-blank range. Singh died on way to Varanasi, Ranjan said. He is survived by wife and a son.
The victim was working for a prominent Hindi daily at Sasaram. Ranjan said an investigation on the murder is underway.
The murder is suspected to be linked to the illegal quarrying business in Rohtas district.
The killing of another scribe, Rajdeo Ranjan, at Siwan in the same district in May last had sent shockwaves throughout the country.