news Monday, June 22, 2015 - 05:30
  In the third attack on journalists this month, a reporter has been killed and set on fire in Madhya Pradesh after he refused to withdraw a case against the local mining mafia. The journalist Sandeep Kothari (40), had gone missing from his house in the Katangi area of Balaghat district on June 19 following which his family members lodged a complaint with the police on June 20. According to an NDTV report, Kothari, who was a local correspondent for a Hindi daily, was allegedly kidnapped when he was on a bike with a friend. The attackers hit the bike with their car and thrashed the friend before abducting Kothari. He was then allegedly murdered in the car and set on fire near a railway track. The attackers then carried the body 50 km away to Maharashtra, where they buried him in a forest in the Nagpur district, a Times of India report says. The report also says that according to the police, the three people arrested were allegedly involved in illegal mining and chit fund companies. Many journalists have taken to social media to protest against this incident.   M.P journalist Sandeep Kothari burnt to death by suspected sand mafia for refusing to withdraw a case. http://t.co/QWxjc6yFD0 — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 21, 2015   After UP its MP and Maha.A journalist burnt alive. Will journalist unions, Ed Guild n other orgs come together n launch nationwide protest? — nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) June 21, 2015   WHAT IS WITH SETTING JOURNALISTS ON FIRE!!! More imp, why are other journalists so calm about this?! http://t.co/HWgYtZ8FDQ — Vidya (@VidyaKrishnan) June 21, 2015   Horrifying news, another #journalist set on fire. http://t.co/XHTyQmpFG6 — Smriti Kak (@smritikak) June 21, 2015   Have I missed statements from Press Council of India and Editors Guild of India on the killings of journalists, first in UP and now MP? — Ramesh Ramachandran (@RRRameshRRR) June 22, 2015   Mumbai journalists have decided to protests tmw against killings of journalists. For details please contact @RavindraAmbekar. Do join. — nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) June 22, 2015   Earlier this month, UP-based journalist Jagender Singh was allegedly set on fire by policemen in his house in Shahjahanpur, for accusing a state minister of being involved in illegal mining. He on June 8. A week later, another journalist from Uttar Pradesh, Haider Khan who reported on a case of alleged land grab was severely beaten by a group of men and tied to a motorcycle and dragged for almost 100 metres in Pilibhit district of the state. He is recovering. Read - They hounded and killed him, a son recounts how journalist father was set on fire              

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