On May 20, 25-year-old young journalist Subhash Kumar Mahto was shot dead by miscreants on Friday in the Begusarai district of Bihar. Police are conducting raids in this case, although no arrest has been made so far.
The journalist was reportedly shot when he was returning from a community dinner at his friend’s house along with his father and other relatives. The friend’s marriage was fixed on the same day. After the attack, Mahto was taken to the local government health center where he was declared brought dead.
Subhash Kumar Mahto studied journalism at Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga. In the initial days, he worked in the newspaper ‘Rashtriya Sahara’. After this also worked in ‘Bihar Dainik’, then joined ‘City News Begusarai’. During this time he also started his own YouTube channel “Aap Tak”.
Subhash, who works in a private channel, had come to attend a friend’s wedding on May 20. There some women were dancing in a program. During this, some boys also reached among the women and started dancing.
Journalist Subhash Kumar Mahto started making videos of him and there was an altercation between the boys and Subhash over this. Finally, after persuading each other, Subhash and the boys left. It is being told that when Subhash was going to his house, one of the alleged boys, Roshan shot Subhash, due to which he died on the spot.
A police officer said that the four accused have been identified and will be arrested soon.
While the journalist’s family and friends said that his “extensive reporting” on the area’s liquor and sand mafia and his alleged support for a candidate who won a panchayat election led to his murder, the police dismissed the allegations, saying that “Verbal dispute” during the wedding ceremony “may be the reason behind her murder”.
Kumar was a reporter with a local cable station City News, and frequently used Public App, a hyperlocal smartphone-based video application, to post his reports, according to Kumar. Mahto had over 1,300 followers on his Public App account, and his last post was viewed over 29,000 times
The Bakhri police station SHO (Station House Officer) Himanshu Kumar said, “Some local women were dancing when a group of youths joined, and they allegedly started misbehaving with the women. Mahato protested. So there was a verbal fight. This could be the reason behind the murder.”
Mahto, who reportedly has four years of experience as a journalist, was associated with City News, a public app platform and a local cable channel in Begusarai. Apart from this, he was also associated with some local Hindi dailies as a stringer.