Scribe shot, was set to depose in murder case
A journalist with a prominent Hindi daily was shot dead at home in Bihar’s Araria district on Friday, weeks before he was to testify as a prime witness in his younger brother’s 2019 murder. The 5.30am killing of Vimal Kumar (35), gunned down at his doorstep by four unidentified assassins, unfolded three days after the death of a police officer shot by suspected cattle smugglers in Samastipur.
This was the eighth attack on journalists in Bihar since 2016.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expressed shock and promised action. “I feel really sad and have asked officials to look into the matter,” the CM said as opposition BJP renewed its claims that law and order had collapsed and “jungle raaj” had returned to the state.
“Very saddening…” Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on journalist’s murder in Araria
Family members of Vimal said he was asleep at his home in Premnagar village of Araria’s Raniganj when the four assassins came and called him out. “As he did, they fired at him,” his mother-in-law Durga Devi said. SP Ashok Kumar Singh said the attackers pumped bullets into Vimal’s chest from close range. “He died on the spot,” the SP added. Police sources said Vimal was to testify in the murder case of his brother Gabbu after a few weeks.
BJP denounced the killing. LJP (Ram Vilas) president Chirag Paswan echoed the claims. “If this is not Jungle Raj, then what is?…”
Union Minister Nityanand Rai condemns Journalist Vimal Kumar’s murder and calls for urgent action against rising lawlessness in Bihar