Update: 2.17 p.m. IST: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has instructed the Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed to immediately form special teams to nab those behind the murder of a journalist in Sultanpur, ANI reported.
Yadav has also announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the journalist's family.
The deceased has been identified as one Karun Misra, bureau chief of Hindi daily Jan Sandesh Times in Ambedkarnagar, reported The Hindu. He was reportedly shot dead by two bike-borne men when he was returning home. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital.
Original Story: A journalist was reportedly shot dead by three unidentified men riding a bike in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur district on Saturday.
This is not the first instance of a journalist being killed in the state. A number of journalists were killed in 2015 in the state ruled by the Samajwadi Party.
Incidentally, BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi represents Sultanpur in the Lok Sabha.
A journalist named Hemant Yadav, 45, was shot dead under similar circumstances in October 2015 in the Chandauli district. He was the third journalist to have been murdered in four months in the state, reported NDTV.
Bareilly-resident Sanjay Pathak was murdered with a blow from a heavy object in August last year, while in June, journalist Jagendra Singh was burnt to death in Shahjanpur.
The Reporters sans Frontieres (RSF) 2015 annual report on journalist deaths in the world pegged India among the top nine countries to report such deaths. Indian reported the death of nine journalists.
CM Akhilesh Yadav instructs DGP to form special teams to nab culprits behind the murder of journalist in Sultanpur immediately: UP CM Office— ANI (@ANI_news) February 13, 2016