Reporter shot in Sasaram

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/11/2016

Dharmendra Singh, a reporter with DainikBhaskar in Sasaram, Bihar,  was shot on Saturday morning, reports the Hindustan Times. He was at a tea stall near his house early in the morning when three bike-borne assailants opened fire, shooting  him in the chest. He died as he was being taken to Varanasi.  While investigations are on, no further details are known yet.  This is the second murder of a journalist in Bihar this year, and the sixth in the country. Four others were killed in Jharkhand, Punjab, UP and Gujarat.           

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