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Thursday, 13 May 2021 12.05 AM IST

Jaipur journalist dies after brutal assault with rods while trying to stop friend’s harassment, BJP slams govt

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JAIPUR: A 27-year-old Jaipur-based video journalist, Abhishek Soni, has died after he was brutally assaulted earlier this month when he was trying to prevent his woman friend from harassment on the road.

The incident took place on December 8 when Soni was at a local eatery along with his friend. Both were working as journalists in different news channels.

Police investigations have revealed that some of the men began harassing the woman, to which Soni put up a resistance. This led to an altercation and soon Soni was brutally attacked with batons and iron rods by the three accused men.

Soni suffered grievous injuries and was left writhing in pain at the roadside. Several passersby crossed him but did not help. He was taken to the SMS hospital in an ambulance where he passed away at the trauma centre late on Wednesday night.

Police recorded the woman’s statement and registered a case under Sections 323, 341, 354a and 307. After Soni's death, Section 302 (murder) has also been added to the FIR.

Three of the accused involved in the matter have been identified. However, the police so far have managed to arrest only one of them. The remaining two are currently absconding and police teams have been formed to nab them.

The arrested accused has been identified as Shankar Choudhary on the basis of CCTV footage. Two of the other accused who are currently absconding have been identified as Kanaram Jat and Surender Jat.

Abhishek's family has alleged that the police has not been investigating the case properly.

"We managed to get CCTV footage of the incident. We have arrested one of the accused. Remaining two will also be soon arrested. They are currently absconding. We have formed police teams to nab them," said Ajay Pal Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).

Abhishek’s family has demanded a separate FIR in the case when the police decided to club their complaint with the earlier complaint filed by the woman friend.

BJP, the principal opposition party in the state, has led the call to protect journalists in Rajasthan after recent incidents of attacks on mediapersons.

"Law and order has been destroyed in the past two years of Ashok Gehlot rule in the state. Guards of democracy and corona warrior journalists are also not safe here. The death of Abhishek Soni in an attack by goons in Jaipur and injury of Girdhari Paliwal is the height of insensitivity of the government," said Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia.

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