Lucknow: A journalist and his wife have been brutally thrashed to death in a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district, the police said.
Five of the six accused have been arrested in the matter while the main accused, a former village head – Keval Paswan, is absconding.
The journalist, identified as Uday Paswan, worked as a correspondent for a Hindi daily, the National Herald reported.
While Paswan died on the spot, his wife, Sheetla, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Varanasi on Tuesday.
The incident, reportedly, is a result of the couple’s old enmity with the former village head.
Uday Paswan had previously approached the Kone police for security, however, no action was taken in this regard.
Following the incident, three police officers have been suspended for dereliction of duty.
Superintendent of Police Sonbhadra Ashish Srivastava told National Herald, “Inspector Kone police station, a sub-inspector and a constable have been suspended in this connection. Five of six accused persons have also been arrested while the main accused, Keval Paswan, who is also a former village head, is absconding.”
The deceased couple had gone to the Kone police station on Monday to pursue their demand for security perceiving threat. Later in the evening, when the couple was returning, they were attacked with sticks and rods.
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The couple cried for help, but nobody came to their rescue.
The body of the journalist has been sent for post mortem.
Acting on the complaint of Uday’s son Vinay Paswan, the police have registered an FIR against the former village head Keval Paswan, his wife Kaushalya, sons Jitendra, Gabbar, Sikandar and his representative Ekhlaq Alam under relevant sections of the IPC.