Rohit Biswal

The reporter based in Odisha, was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly planted by Maoist insurgents.

Biswal, a resident of Madanpur-Rampur town in the Kalahandi district, had travelled to the Damba Karlakhunta area to investigate reports of posters placed by members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), asking locals to boycott the upcoming three-tier Panchayat election. 

According to Odisha police, the journalist was killed instantly when the IED, allegedly placed to injure police personnel, detonated after Biswal took photographs and approached the posters.