Journalists run down in 2 incidents

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/03/2018
In two separate incidents in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, over the last 24 hours, three journalists were run down by speeding vehicles. Police said that Sandeep Sharma, a television reporter who had done a sting operation on a  sand mining mafia in Bhind, was mowed down by a truck on March 26. Police are examining CCTV footage of the killing. The driver is absconding. In another incident, two Dainik Bhaskar journalists, Navin Nishchal and Vijay Singh, were on a bike when they were hit by a car allegedly driven by a village mukhiya, Mohammad Harsu, in Bhojpur, near Patna.          
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