Madhya Pradesh journalist crushed to death for exposing police-mafia nexus?

Five months after he exposed the alleged links between the local police and the sand mining mafia in the Gwalior-Chambal region, 34-year-old TV journalist Sandeep Sharma was mowed down by a truck

Published: 27th March 2018 05:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2018 09:06 AM   |  A+A-

Sandeep Sharma, a journalist with a national news channel, was probing a possible nexus between the police and the sand mafia. (Photo | ANI)

By Express News Service

BHOPAL: Five months after he exposed the alleged links between the local police and the sand mining mafia in the Gwalior-Chambal region, 34-year-old TV journalist Sandeep Sharma was mowed down by a truck in Bhind town of Madhya Pradesh.

Sharma, who worked for News World in Bhind district, about 500 km from Bhopal, had done a series of sting operations on the rampant illegal sand mining in Bhind and adjoining parts of the Gwalior-Chambal region. In October 2017, he did a sting operation on Indraveer Singh Bhadauria, the then sub divisional officer police (SDOP-Ater) in Bhind district.

“Sandeep told me there was a threat to his life since he had done the sting on the SDOP. He was receiving life threats, and the SP of Bhind was informed about them in a letter, copies of which had been sent up to the level of the Prime Minister. He got police protection for a few days, but that was later removed,” Sharma’s cousin Kamta Prasad Tripathi said.

In Bhopal, IG (Intelligence) Makarand Deuskar confirmed that Sharma had written to the SP of Bhind in November 2017, alleging a threat to his life.Sharma was mowed down around 9 am when he was riding a motorbike near Kotwali. He was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to injuries while being treated.The police seized the truck that rammed him and are on the lookout for the driver.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp