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JUST four days after the point blank range despicable murder of a hard core RSS volunteer Ravindra Gosain in Ludhiana, Punjab, another shocking incident of a brutal murder of a RSS activist and a journalist shot at frompoint blank range, may be a stringer with Dainik Jagran, a popular hindi daily of Uttar Pradesh, namely Rajesh Mishra  early morning 7.15 am at village Brahmpura in Ghazipur district has come to light as being reported by news feeds and agencies.

The bike borne miscreants supposed to have between identified by the police, pumped six bullets on the deceased Rajesh Mishra and killed him brutally on the spot leaving behind a wave of terror and sensitivity. The deceased’s brother who was also present at the building material shop owned by them at the time of the incident, was also injured . The police says that this may be the case of a personal enmity and the murderors would be in the police net shortly as they have been identified. The incident of this broad day light killing sent shock wave across Ghaziur and  UP where killings have become the order of the day despite umpteen claims by the Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath of making the largest state of the country crime free. Just four days ago in a same fashion three bike borne criminals killed a renowned RSS volunteer in Ludhiana, Punjab.

Few days ago the BJP chief Amit Shah was in Kerala on the ocassion of the finishing leg of BJP’s Jan Raksha Yatra blaming the ruling CPM government of the southern state for alleged engineering the killings of RSS workers. It may be recalled that during the last two months about five journalists have been killed in various parts of the country namely Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, KP Singh in Amritsar, Punjab, Mishra in Bihar, Shantanu Bhowmik in Tripura and now Rajesh Mishra in Ghazipur. During the last decade about 75 journalists have been killed in various parts of the country and more than 140 injured with the police and law enforcing agencies literally doing nothing to bring the culprits to justice.

Journalists from all over the country have gathered in New Delhi and various state capitals of the country on 2nd October on Gandhi Jayanti and formed human chains to protest against the killings of scribes and also handed over the memorandum to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The government of Punjab declared the monetary compensation of Rupees five lakhs for the family of the deceased and assured a job for a family member of late Gusain.

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On the day of Gandhi Jayanti, 2nd October the Press Club of India of which I am too a member, is organisising a protest demonstration and a forming a human chain to register the opposition of the entire media fraternity and right thinking people towards the recent obnoxious and anguishing incidents of despicable murders of journalists across the country.

The protest demonstration of the entire mediaPCI TO FORM HUMAN CHAIN AGAINST LYNCHING OF JOURNALISTS ON GANDHI JAYANTI 2ND OCT fraternity of Delhi in which various media organisations and its members would participate would take place at the Press Club of India precincts, Raisina Road at 1.PM sharp to be addressed by senior veteran journalists and important figures of the media fraternity. The PCI has always been in the forefront to always take the lead in registering its protest and opposition in matters pertaining to unfortunate killings and attack on journalists and demanding immediateand forthright penalisation of the culprits.

It has recently been the very first responsible organisation to convene the protest meeting at the PCI precints to register its condemnation on the arbitrary CBI raids on the NDTV premises all over the country compounded with a large attended protest meeting against the brutal murders of outspoken progressive journalists Gauri Lankesh of Bengaluru and Shantanu Bhowmick demanding expeditious action in bringing the obnoxious culprits to justice. 2nd October’s protest demonstration and formation of the human chain is a continuous exercise to keep the state and central governments aware and mobilised about their negligence and ignorance in not securing the lives of journalists nationally.

It really disturbing and shocking to note that during the last ten years amongst the 70 working journalists who have been killed while on line of duty, except a very negligible few none of the culprits have been brought to justice despite tall claims of the successive governments at the state and the centre. In addition to these protest demonstrations it organises seminars and discussions on issues of national significance anf matters pertaing to media freedom and rights. Programmes pertaining to book releases and lectures of various foreign dignitories on Indo foreign relations are also organised from time to time. The Press Club of India also organises obituaries of its veteran member journalists and honour the veteran journalists from time to time. The PCI’s standing in solidarity gesture with journalists in distress is always laudable.

Uttarakhand Journalists forum demands a CBI inquiry in all these murders and adequate financial compensation to the bereaved families.

SUNIL NEGI, MEMBER PRESS CLUB OF India and PRESIDENT, Forum of Uttarakhand Journalists