File image of Shubham Mani Tripathi

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) on Tuesday, while expressing serious concern over the brutal murder of a young and spirited journalist at Unnao locality of Uttar Pradesh, has urged the state government in Lucknow to nab the culprits who were behind the assassination of Shubham Mani Tripathi.

Shubham (25), who was associated with the Kanpur-based Hindi daily newspaper Kampu Mail as a correspondent from Unnao, fell prey to miscreant’s bullets on June 19 last as he was moving on a two-wheeler.

Seriously injured Shubham was taken to a hospital in Kanpur, but he succumbed to injuries.

A resident of Brahmnagar in Unnao district, Shubham was a born patriot and used to report on illegal sand mining practices in his locality, according to a JFA press release.

Recently married to Rashi Dixit, Shubham even received threats from unknown individuals, suspected to be illegal miners, for his news coverage.

But the courageous scribe did not bother and continued his journalistic activities.

“It is the first incident of journo-murder in India this year. We demand a fair investigation to the incident and appropriate punishments to Shubham’s killers,” said the statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria with a fervent appeal to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to adequately compensate the bereaved family.

India as a whole witnessed the incidents of nine journo-killings in 2019, but only one incident emerged as a case of targeted murder.

K Satyanarayana (45) of Telugu daily Andhra Jyothy faced the fate because of his works as a journalist.

He was hacked to death by miscreants on October 15 last year.

Local scribes informed Satyanarayana was targeted in earlier occasions too.

Others who were killed last year include Jobanpreet Singh, Vijay Gupta, Radheyshyam Sharma, Ashish Dhiman, Chakresh Jain, Anand Narayan and Nityanand Pandey.

Kerala scribe K Muhammed Basheer was mowed down by a vehicle.

Guwahati scribe Naresh Mitra also died in a mysterious accident.

Bihar’s scribe Pradeep Mandal was also attacked by miscreants, but he survived.

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