Journalist murdered in Maha: Scribes seek MCOCA against accused

IJU condemns murder

MUMBAI, 10 Feb: Journalists from across Mumbai on Friday gathered at the statue of Gandhiji near Mantralaya to protest the murder of their Ratnagiri colleague Shashikant Warishe.

Warishe (48) was mowed down by an SUV, allegedly driven by land dealer Pandharinath Amberkar, on Monday. Warishe died in hospital the next day.

It has been alleged Amberkar, now arrested and booked for murder, used to threaten any person who opposed land acquisition for a proposed refinery in the area.

An article written by Warishe against Amberkar had appeared in a local Marathi newspaper on the morning of the incident, which took place near a petrol pump in Rajapur, some 440 kilometres from Mumbai.

The protesting journalists, who gathered near the state secretariat in the south of the metropolis at noon, sought that the trial be conducted in a fast-track court and the accused be given exemplary punishment.

Participants in the protest said that those involved in the killing as well as its larger conspiracy should be unravelled through a

special investigation team (SIT) and the accused must be slapped with the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Warishe’s kin must be given Rs 50 lakhs compensation, said Pravin Puro, secretary of Vidhimandal and Mantralaya Pratrakar Sangh, among the journalist associations that took part in Friday’s protest, reports PTI.

IJU condemns murder of journalist

The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has condemned the brutal murder of Maharashtra journalist Shashikant Warishe.

IJU President Geetartha Pathak and Secretary-General Sabina Inderjit strongly condemned the broad daylight murder of the journalist for his report based on facts.

The IJU leaders demanded that the Maharashtra government nab the murderer and give the culprit exemplary punishment.

The IJU also urged the government to provide a compensation of Rs 20 lakhs to Shashikant’s family. (With PTI input)