Bihar journalist killed, eyes gorged, body mutilated

New Delhi, August 11 (KMS): A journalist associated with a private news channel and son of a leading state vernacular newspaper editor was killed in Bihar’s East Champaran district.

The decomposed body of Manish Kumar Singh was found, the other day, from Mathlohiar Gaddi Tola — three days after his disappearance. The killers removed both of his eyes.

Singh is a native of Paharpur village in the same district and his father Sanjay Kumar Singh is an editor of a Hindi news paper, Areraj Darshan.

In a statement to the Harshidhi police, Sanjay Singh said that his son went to Mathlohar Gaddi Tola three days ago. “He had posted a photograph of a get-together party of himself and two other journalist friends Amrendra Kumar and Ashlaj Alam at 8.42pm Since then, he was missing and we lost contact with him.

“We searched for him for the entire night and the next two days but he has not been traced,” Sanjay Singh said.

Santosh Kumar, the DSP of Areraj sub-division in east Champaran district earlier said: “As the family members of the deceased are worried about him. They were suspecting some untoward incident might have happened to him.”

“The father suspects that his son, who had done many investigative stories and exposed wrongdoings in the district, could have been targeted by criminals he exposed. He was receiving threatening calls for the past few days,” the officer said.

“The villagers on Tuesday, spotted a pair of shoes in the farm land. When they searched further, the dead body was found from a Sareh village. The dead body was in a semi-decomposed state,” the officer said.