Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Umesh Rajput
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||20 December 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2011 - Motive Unconfirmed: Umesh Rajput, 20 December 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f045a7f28.html [accessed 27 November 2015]|
February 22, 2011, in Raipur, India
Two masked gunmen on motorcycles fatally shot Rajput, 32, a reporter with the Hindi-language daily Nai Dunia (New World), outside his residence near Raipur district in Chhattisgarh state, according to local news reports.
The motive in the attack was unclear. Rajput's family said a health worker had threatened the journalist two weeks before the shooting in relation to a story about a patient who had developed an infection, local news reports said. The reports also said police found a note near his body that contained a work-related death threat. The English-language daily Indian Express said police were skeptical of the note, saying it may have been a diversionary tactic by Maoist insurgents. Insurgent groups, government security forces, and state-supported vigilantes have clashed in recent years in the state.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.