Journalist Vikram Joshi passed away earlier in the morning today, after having been shot by unknown persons on 20th July in the Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad UP, 10:30 in the night. The journalist Vikram Joshi was shot in the head in front of his two daughters. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV camera where one of the daughters can be seen sobbing while Vikram Joshi’s wounded body lay on the road.
UP Police officials informed that 9 of 10 accused have been arrested which also includes the two prime accused – Ravi and Chotu. Senior Superintendent of Police, Ghaziabad, Kalanidhi Naithani said that a weapon has also been seized from their possession. The state government has announced job to the wife of journalist Vikram Joshi along with Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased. In an interaction with ANI, Journalist Vikram Joshi’s nephew said that some boys including Kamal-Ud-Din’s son used to eve tease his sister, about which the journalist went to the police to lodge a complaint.
Some boys including Kamal-ud-Din’s son used to eve-tease my sister. It was her b’day when incident occured. My uncle was coming home with her when Kamal-ud-Din’s son attacked him&shot him. We’ll not accept my uncle’s body till main accused is caught: Journalist Vikram’s nephew pic.twitter.com/IdDhXC9qnt
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 22, 2020
Alongside, the station in-charge has been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been initiated after the family of journalist Vikram Joshi alleged police for inaction. Post the death of the journalist, a group of other journalists in the city were seen protesting against the murder of the fellow journalist.
The death of journalist Vikram Joshi has triggered reactions from the opposition targeting the UP government. Following are some of them:
पूरे यूपी में हत्या व महिला असुरक्षा सहित जिस तरह से हर प्रकार के गंभीर अपराधों की बाढ़ लगातार जारी है उससे स्पष्ट है कि यूपी में कानून का नहीं बल्कि जंगलराज चल रहा है अर्थात् यूपी में कोरोना वायरस से ज्यादा अपराधियों का क्राइम वायरस हावी है। जनता त्रस्त है। सरकार इस ओर ध्यान दे।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 22, 2020
अपनी भांजी के साथ छेड़छाड़ का विरोध करने पर पत्रकार विक्रम जोशी की हत्या कर दी गयी। शोकग्रस्त परिवार को मेरी सांत्वना।
वादा था राम राज का, दे दिया गुंडाराज।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 22, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Vikram Joshi, a fearless journalist who passed away today. He was shot in UP for filing an FIR to book his niece’s molesters. An atmosphere of fear has has been created in the country. Voices being muzzled. Media not spared. Shocking.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 22, 2020
अपनी भांजी के साथ छेड़छाड़ का विरोध करने पर पत्रकार श्री विक्रम जोशी जी को बेटी के सामने गोली मारी गयी थी। आज उनकी मृत्यु हो गई।
यूपी में जंगलराज इस कदर बढ़ गया है कि शिकायत करने के बाद आमजन को बदमाशों का डर सताता है। भाजपा सरकार अपराध के मुद्दे पिछली सरकारों की तरह ही फेल है।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 22, 2020