Shocking Murder of Journalist and Family in India

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is shocked and

horrified at the brutal murder of senior journalist Chandrika Rai, his wife and

two young children, in Umaria district in the central Indian state of Madhya

Pradesh.

 

Chandrika

Rai, 43, a freelance journalist who was published frequently in newspapers in

the state capital of Bhopal,

was found dead at his home on the evening of Saturday, February 18. His 39-year

old wife, 19-year old son and 17-year old daughter, were also found dead in

different rooms of the house.  All four

bodies bore injuries inflicted by a sharp weapon.

 

Media

reports from India

suggest that Rai could have been targeted for revenge by elements involved in

local coal mining activities. Rai had recently written articles exposing

numerous illegalities in the coal trade in the region.

 

Other

reports hint at a connection with the recent abduction of the son of a

government official. Rai is believed to have expressed his scepticism over

police claims that the boy was rescued without any ransom changing hands. This

may have attracted the anger of an organised kidnapping racket in the area.

 

“The

IFJ is deeply shocked and saddened at the brutality of this murder, and the

loss of a brave journalist and his entire family”, said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

 

“Violence

committed against journalists, whatever its motive, has a chilling effect on

good investigative journalism carried out in the public interest.

 

We

call upon the authorities in the state of Madhya Pradesh to utilise all

necessary resources and efforts to investigate this matter, and ensure that

those responsible for this murder are brought to justice for their crimes”.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0950

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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