A journalist of a prominent vernacular daily, Dainik Bhaskar was shot dead in Rohtas district of Bihar this morning apparently over his articles on illegal stone chips units, the police said.

The scribe, 35-year-old Dharmendra Singh, was having tea at a road side stall at his Amra tola village where he was shot by some unidentified assailants, sub-divisional police officer Alok Ranjan said.

The assailant pumped a bullet in his stomach from point-blank range resulting in his death. He died on way to Varanasi, he said. Singh is survived by his wife and a son. The victim was working for Dainik Bhaskar at Sasaram.

The SDPO said the probe is on in the murder case. The murder is suspected to be linked to illegal quarrying business in Rohtas district. The killing of another scribe, Rajdeo Ranjan, at Siwan in the same district in May last had sent shockwaves throughout the country. 

(Feature image is representational | Source: Reuters)