Journalist Vikram Joshi, shot in front of daughters, dies

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Ghaziabad July 22: Journalist Vikram Joshi, 45, injured by bullets fired by miscreants has breathed his last in the early hours of Wednesday in the Vijay Nagar police station area of the Ghaziabad district.

Hospital doctors reported the death of Vikram Joshi to his family at around 4 am on Wednesday morning.

However, in the morning, when reporters got information about the death of media colleague, they reached the hospital.

It is noteworthy that journalist Vikram Joshi (45 years), resident of Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad district, was attacked by some goons near Rosie Colony on Monday evening. At that time, Vikram Joshi was returning from his sister’s house and he had two young daughters with him.

According to the police, Vikram Joshi was first beaten up severely in front of his two daughters and then shot in the head. However, entire incident was recorded in CCTV footage, after which it became the national discussion on Tuesday seeing the bullying of miscreants and screaming of girls.

Meanwhile, in this case, the leaders of several political parties including Congress National General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Samajwadi Party National President Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice President Jayant Chaudhary had surrounded the Uttar Pradesh government by tweeting and alleged that the criminals in Uttar Pradesh are fearless.

After being shot, Vikram Joshi was admitted to Yashoda Hospital in Nehru Nagar, where his condition continued to remain critical, and on Wednesday morning his death was reported.

After all-round condemnation of the incident and fury of journalists, the police took swift action and arrested nine people so far.

According to the sources, the attack on the journalist is believed to be his protest against the molestation incident and a police complaint against the culprits.

The relatives of Vikram Joshi had alleged in a statement before the police officials that the deceased’s sister Rosie lives in the colony. The attackers allegedly molested Vikram’s niece a few days ago, after which Vikram Joshi complained to the police, but instead of taking any action, the police continued to cover up the case. As the matter progressed, the miscreants launched murderous attack on journalist.

On Tuesday, journalist organizations had sharply criticized the attack on their media friend and demanded strict action against the accused.

In this case, the SSP Ghaziabad ordered the Circle Officer (First) Rakesh Mishra to probe the matter and after preliminary investigation, Pratap Vihar police station in-charge Raghavendra was suspended. Nine people, including Ravi, the main accused in the case, were also arrested.

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