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13 including Arshad Alam, booked after kidnapping and killing of Sudarshan News journalist

In a horrific development, a young Sudarshan TV journalist was kidnapped and brutally murdered three days later in East Champaran, Bihar. The dead body of the journalist was found floating in the water in Gachi Tola Chewar, Mathlohiar Village, under the Harsiddhi Police Station area, Bihar.

Panic prevailed among villagers including family members after the body of journalist Manish Kumar Singh, who has been missing for three days, was found. The family members are in a bad shape. The body of journalist Manish was found in a pit at Gachi Tola Chevar in Math Lohiyar village under the Harsiddhi police station area of East Champaran in Bihar. The deceased journalist worked as Areraj divisional correspondent in the ‘Sudarshan News’ channel. Sanjay Singh Areraj Darshan, the father of the deceased, is the editor of the newspaper.

As per the report, young journalist Manish Kumar Singh had left the house to have a feast and was missing ever since. His father, Sanjay Singh, is editor-in-chief of a local newspaper Areraj Darshan and an RTI activist.
He had left the house three days ago to attend a party in Math Lohiar village of Harsiddhi police station area, after which his mobile was switched off. After his disappearance, his motorcycle was recovered unattended in suspicious condition from Math Lohiar village. His father had lodged an FIR at Harsiddhi police station, in which 12 people, including two local journalists, were named.

Manish was constantly getting threats to his life due to the disclosure of many cases. Furthermore, a land dispute with the Pattidars was also going on.

During the investigation, the Police received information about the dumping of an unidentified body in Sareh of Math Lohiar village. The father of the deceased, Sanjay Singh, reached the spot and identified the body with shoes. On seeing the dead body, it was difficult to identify due to the swelling in the water.

Reports suggest that Manish’s eyes were gouged out, and there were injuries on his face.

Based on the CCTV footage available of the area, the Police arrested Mohammad Arsad Alam and Amarendra Singh in connection to Manish’s kidnapping and murder. Areraj DSP Santosh Kumar is leading the investigation and assured that the culprits would be punished as per the law.

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