Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: G. Raja Sekhar
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 1998|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: G. Raja Sekhar, January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64950bc.html [accessed 30 August 2015]|
Eenadu Television (E-TV)
November 19, 1997, in Hyderabad, India
Raja Sekhar, an assistant for E-TV; Jagadish Babu, a producer for private channel E-TV; Gangadhara Raju, an E-TV cameraman; and Srinivas Rao and S. Krishna, assistant cameramen for E-TV, were killed in a car bomb explosion while covering the making of a film.
As they were leaving the Rama Naidu Studios in Hyderabad, their vehicle caught the brunt of the massive blast, which police said was caused by a remote control car bomb parked by the studio entrance. The television crew's driver, P.
Chandra Sekhar Reddy, was also killed. At least 17 others died and more than 30 were injured. The attack is believed to have been motivated by political rivalry targeted at the film's producer, Paritala Ravi, a former guerrilla leader pardoned in return for his surrender. Ravi is also a state legislator and member of the governing Telugu Desam party.
|Beats Covered:||Business, Culture|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|