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Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: S. Gangadhara Raju

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1998
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Eenadu Television (E-TV)
November 19, 1997, in Hyderabad, India

Gangadhara Raju, an E-TV cameraman; Jagadish Babu, a producer for private channel E-TV; Srinivas Rao and S. Krishna, assistant cameramen for E-TV; and Raja Sekhar, an assistant 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.

Job:Camera Operator
Beats Covered:Business, Culture
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group


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