Two journalists shot at in UP’s Sonbhadra, hospitalized

A railway station nameplate in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district. [File Photo]

Sonbhadra: Two journalists from leading Hindi newspapers were shot at while they were having tea at a restaurant under Raipur police station in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, police said.

The incident took place late Thursday evening and the two journalists were rushed to the BHU Medical College where they were said to be out of danger, news agency IANS reported.

The report identified the injured journalists as Shyam Sundar Pandey and Laddu Pandey, both in their mid-thirties.

Quoting Sonbhadra Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Vinod Kumar Singh, the report said that the two journalists, Shyam Sundar Pandey and Laddu Pandey, were sitting at a restaurant located in Kaliyari market and having tea.

“In the meantime, two unidentified miscreants, who were on a bike and wearing helmets, reached the spot and opened two to three rounds of fire, injuring the duo, and fled the spot,” the ASP added.

The incident triggered off panic and the locals immediately informed the police.

ASP Singh said that the duo was first rushed to community health centre in Vaini area, where the doctor referred them to the district hospital and further to BHU Medical College.

“So far, we have not ascertained the motive behind the incident. The two journalists are out of danger and we will shortly record their statements,” Singh was quoted as saying on Friday.

The FIR was being registered in the case while the locals, who were at the tea shop, are also being asked about the registration and identification of the bike used by unknown assailants.


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