MP reporter who said sand mafia after him run over by truck

Charlene Craig
March 27, 2018

The state police had announced that a Special Investigative Team (SIT) was being set up to investigate Sharma's death.

He had conducted two "sting" journalistic reports about sand mafia for a regional TV station, News World.

"He was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries".

The journalist had been investigating the nexus between the sand mining mafia and the police and had filed a story accusing the police officer of being hand in glove with the sand mafia.

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"Chilling CCTV footage of moment when Journalist Sandeep Sharma was run over by a truck in Bhind". He had earlier approached the police claiming there was an immediate threat to his life. Bhind SP Prashant Khare said an offense under Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) has been registered in connection with the death.

"The truck has been seized but the driver is absconding", said City Superintendent of Police VS Tomar.

Sharma had alleged the involvement of police officials in the sand-mining mafia operations.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured that strict action will be taken against the culprits involved in the killing of a journalist.

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Congress politician Jyotiraditya Scindia called for a CBI investigation. "Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under BJP's rule".

He wrote that Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDOP) was part of the mafia engaged in illegal sand mining. The police have cordoned off the area and are checking CCTV camera footage. "In last few years, they have killed at least half a dozen policemen, officials and journalists in this one state alone".

Sharma's death on Monday brings the number of journalists killed in India in relation to their work to 44 since 1992. They were run over by a village council head and his men in Bhojpur, around 80 km from Patna.

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