A Mumbai journalist was found murdered on Friday morning hours after he accompanied the local police to a raid on an illegal dance bar. Two other journalists, who too joined the police team during the raid, were injured in an attack allegedly by the staff of the joint.
The slain journalist, identified as Raghvendra Dube, reportedly worked with a local daily.
Dube had accompanied the police team that carried out the raid on the joint, known as White House Orchestra Bar, along with two other journalists -- Santosh Mishra and Shashi Sharma. The police raided the dance bar located on Mira Road around 1am on Friday.
As many as 14 dancers employed at the dance bar were rescued and the owners were taken into custody, according to the Hindustan Times.
Later, after the police team left the dance bar, some of its employees, armed with sticks and iron rods, attacked Mishra and Sharma. The two then fled the spot and managed to take shelter at a police post located about 100 metres from White House Orchestra Bar.
According to The Times of India, Sharma, who sustained serious injuries, is being treated at Indira Gandhi civic hospital in Mira Road area, while Mishra has been admitted to Bhaktivedanta hospital.
According to the HT report, the police later called Dube to seek more details about the incident. The journalist reportedly arrived at the police post around 3am. After getting an assurance from the police that they will arrest the attackers, Dube left the police post around 5am.
Later in the morning, Dube was found dead with severe injuries on his body, The Hindu reported.
Injured journalist Santosh Mishra and Shashi Sharma; killed and dumped body of Raghvendra Dube pic.twitter.com/5f1P3SQfur
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