Congress has slammed UP journalist's death in an "accident", a day after reporting about liquor mafias.
It's incidents like this that have drubbed India as a country “bad” for journalism and are marked among the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders, which published its 2021 World Press Freedom Index, on Tuesday.
The incident in question took place at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. An ABP News journalist who worked for ABP Ganga, UP, was brought dead in the district hospital after 11:00 p.m. last Sunday. Sulabh Shrivastava, the journalist recently exposed a liquor racket in UP and was threatened by the the liquor mafia for three days prior to the incident, said his wife, Renuka.
Shrivastava was returning after covering a story on the Illegal arms factory for the whole day and at around 11 p.m. on Sunday night he had allegedly fallen from his motorcycle near a brick kiln while returning home. He was taken to the hospital by some local laborers who used his phone to call his friends as well as an ambulance, as reported by a senior police official off Pratapgarh.
A photograph taken at the spot of the accident shows that Shrivastava lay on the ground with face injuries with clothes taken off his shirt entirely removed and the trousers and unbuttoned and pulldown. This is obviously raised some important questions which need to be answered while the investigation is continuous. Police however said that investigations have revealed that he was alone on the bike and fell after his bike collided with the handpump on the road.
This theory however was rejected by Srivastava IAS wife Renuka who filed an FIR against unknown people alleging that the liquor mafia had murdered her husband. According to her Sulabh wrote about the threats to police that he feared for his life but the police sat in his letter without doing anything. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the chief minister of UP and his government for letting criminals rule the roost in the state.