The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) expresses its shock and sorrow at the death of Ramesh Singla,
a freelance investigative journalist who reported on illegal mining in
districts neighbouring the Indian national capital of Delhi.
According to reports in the Indian
media, Singla, a resident of Mewat district in the state of Haryana bordering Delhi, was killed on the
afternoon of October 4, when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a heavy
vehicle on one of the main arterial roads in the district. The vehicle that
caused the accident then reportedly fled the scene.
Singla, 48, had published a number
of articles about illegal mining in Mewat and the neighbouring district of
Gurgaon in the top selling Hindi-language daily Dainik Jagran in the
days before his death.
Inquiries with police in Mewat reveal
that they are inclined to treat the death as accidental. The Delhi Union of
Journalists (DUJ) though, has asked for more details to be revealed about the
circumstances in which the death occurred.
“The IFJ calls upon police to
investigate Singla’s death with appropriate thoroughness and establish whether
it had any connection to his professional work,” IFJ
Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
The IFJ is aware that the mining
industry in the region that Singla worked in has often been accused of illegalities
and environmental destruction. Journalists who have reported on this have often
faced intimidation and harassment in the past.
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