Sukma (Chhattisgarh), Feb 27: Protests against Naxals over the murder of Sukma-based journalist Nemichand Jain have escalated.
Decrying Naxal violence in the state, around 250 journalists held a rally in Jagdalpur, the headquarters of the Bastar Division on Feb uary 25.
They were joined by journalists of Raipur and from neighbouring districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odhisa.
The scribes have decided to boycott news and press releases of Naxals and have asked their leaders to punish culprits responsible for the heinous crime.
“As part of our protest we have already conveyed our message to the DGP (Director General of Police) and the Governor. We are holding a peaceful demonstration to raise our protest against Naxalism. If police and administration fail to carry out investigation into the killing (Nemichand Jain), we will take our protest at the national level,” said Shankar Pander, a senior journalist.
Jain was allegedly killed by Naxals on Feb uary 12 in Tongpal village in Sukma District.
Naxals first accepted the killing by calling Jain as a police informer. Later, they denied the claim.
The Naxal atrocities on professionals are finding no end.
In many Naxal-affected states across India, the red rebels are targeting the tribal people and professionals like contractors, security personals and other human rights activists. (ANI)