Journalist who exposed sand mafia mowed down by truck in Bhind

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The state police had announced that a Special Investigative Team (SIT) was being set up to investigate Sharma's death. The name of the journalist was Sandeep Sharma and he was working for a national TV news channel.

"He was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to injuries".

"The truck has been seized but the driver is absconding", said City Superintendent of Police VS Tomar.

Shocking video footage of a journalist in Madhya Pradesh allegedly run over by a speeding truck in Bhind District has surfaced.

According to him, the deceased journalist had in November past year sought police protection citing threat to his life.

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Bhind SP Prashant Khare said an offence under Section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) has been registered in connection with the death, reported The Indian Express (IE).

The death has sparked off political slugfest with the Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia demanding a CBI probe into the case and chief minister Shivraj Singh jumping in to defend his government and assuring that safety of journalists would be ensured at all costs. The security of journalists is our priority.

The Bhind Press Club has also demanded an impartial probe in the case. "Media is the fourth pillar of democracy and that is being crushed under BJP's rule".

A police constable, Dharmendra Chauhan, was run over by a vehicle carrying illegally mined sand when he tried to stop it in Morena in 2015. The sting operation that he did showed a police officer taking bribes from the mafia.

On Monday, in a separate incident, two journalists were killed in Bihar's Bhojpur district. Also, no security cover was provided to Sharma even after the threat perception, local journalists said, according to the HT report. Navin Nishchal, who worked for Dainik Bhaskar, and his colleague Vijay Singh were on a bike when they were hit by a vehicle.