- Rajdeo Ranjan, bureau chief of a Hindi daily, shot dead in Bihar's Siwan
- Akhilesh Pratap Singh, reporter for a TV channel, killed in Jharkhand
- Police have detained 3 people for questioning
On Friday evening, Rajdeo Ranjan, a journalist with over 20 years of experience and the bureau chief of the Hindi daily Hindustan, was shot dead in Bihar's Siwan district.
Five shots were fired at him from extremely close range near Siwan's railway station.
Mr Ranjan was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. The Bihar Police says the motive for the killing is unclear and that he had no personal enmity with anyone.
"We are trying to retrieve CCTV footage and also looking at phone records of both the deceased and some anti-social elements active in Siwan. Professional reasons seem to behind the killings and he was definitely killed by a professional gang," Siwan Superintendent of Police Saurav Sah said.
The body of Mr Ranjan was cremated early this morning.
Meanwhile, in Jharkhand's Chatra district, a journalist was shot dead by unidentified people on Thursday night. 35-year-old Akhilesh Pratap Singh worked for a local news channel, and was gunned down near the panchayat secretariat of his village.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley also condemned the deaths on Twitter.
The Press Club of India expressed "serious concern" at the brutal murders and said they were "part of attempts on part the mafia to muzzle the independent voice of the media".
I strongly condemn murder of journalists, Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan & Akhilesh Pratap Singh in Chatra district. (1/2)- Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 14, 2016