Sharma, a resident of Siktiya Tola in Hata area of Kushinagar, also used to teach at a private school near his village, the police said.
CM Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the matter and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the deceased.
Sriram Venkitaraman, who was placed under suspension, was arrested and later let off after a magistrate court here granted him conditional bail.
Basheer, the Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of Siraj newspaper, was killed after being hit by Venkitaraman's speeding car early this month.
With over a three-decade-long career in journalism, Guru was working with leading Odia daily Sambad in a senior editorial position.
Mahipal owns a dairy in the city Kotwali area and his people were dumping cow dung near the victims' house.
The investigators said that the eye-witness’ statement could be major evidence in the case against the officer.
The decision was taken by the medical board constituted to assess the medical condition of the officer who is said to be under post-concussion syndrome and is also suffering from spinal injuries.
Sriram will continue to undergo treatment in the hospital and will be taken to jail once discharged.
The scribe, Malin Sarma (43), died on the spot after a speeding truck hit his two-wheeler. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
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