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Journalists Killed in 2008 - Motive Confirmed: Vikas Ranjan

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2009
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November 25, 2008, in Rosera, India

Ranjan, a correspondent for the Hindi-language daily Hindustan, was shot in the town of Rosera in the Samastipur district of northern Bihar state, according to Alok Mohit, news editor of the English-language sister paper Hindustan Times, who spoke with CPJ by telephone.

Three men on motorbikes fired several shots at Ranjan as he left his office for the evening, according to local news reports. He was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.

Mohit, who had spoken with colleagues in Samastipur, told CPJ that Ranjan wrote about crime and corruption as a part-time correspondent for Hindustan, and that he had been receiving threats for some time. Three of his recent reports on counterfeit merchandise and stolen goods trafficking had sparked official inquiries, according to Mohit. Police were investigating the murder, according to news reports.

Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Corruption
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
Taken Captive:No


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