Investigative journalist Sandeep Sharma (36) used to work for a regional news channel in Madhya Pradesh. In Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, on Sunday morning, they were crushed to death by a dumper truck used in mining.
According to the FIR lodged by his relatives (who are also witnesses to the incident), the incident took place around 9 am. According to the report, Sharma was on his motorcycle when the truck coming from behind pushed his bike and went forward crushing.
Sharma had recently revealed collusion between the sand mafia and the police in illegal mining in the area. He claimed that he was on the hit list of mafias. Sharma, who worked for News World, also wrote a letter regarding providing security to Bhind’s SP. Sharma’s life was allegedly most threatened by a sub-divisional police officer against whom he conducted a sting operation.
Copies of the letter were sent to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the DGP of Madhya Pradesh and the Human Rights Commission. The author has a copy of the letter written in Hindi. Apart from this, an FIR made by Sandeepma’s relatives is also present.
In the letter, Sharma states that on July 27, 2017, he underwent a sting operation at the official residence of sub-divisional police officer Indraveer Singh Bhadauria, Ater, Bhind. This sting proves the officer’s involvement in illegal mining. The sting was aired by News World on October 25, 2017. It is believed that Bhadoria was reportedly angry with Sharma since then.
Seeking protection from the police, he wrote that ever since the sting has been released, his and his family have been under threat from Bahubali mining mafias. Saying that they know the working methods of mining mafias in the area. Sharma wrote that the sub-divisional police officer has put anti-social elements for his murder. They can have him murdered in an “accident” or implicate him in a false case.
Sharma had requested that the sub-divisional police officer be removed from his post as he has the potential to harm him and his family. He also requested an inquiry into the allegations written in the letter. He also appealed to take legal action against the sub-divisional officer. At the end of the letter, Sharma wrote that if he is harmed in any way, it will be Sharma’s responsibility. He wrote this letter with his colleague journalist and friend Vikas Purohit. Vikas was also involved in this sting.
Sharma’s letter also states that Bhadoria was posted in his home district, Bhind, where he has many local relatives, especially from anti-social elements. He added that sub-divisional officers are making millions by making illegal mining from Chambal Wildlife Century. Due to political influence, he has got postings in the home district and has formed an organized group of murders, loot and robberies.
Vikas Purohit, a close friend of Sharma, is shocked. He said that he is also a part of this sting operation and now he is concerned about the safety of his life. “I have also demanded protection from the police. No action has been taken so far. It is very difficult for me to work in such a situation. My family is worried for me, I do not know what to do,” he said. .
“Sandeep was a person of shyness and shyness. He brought a case of illegal mining in the Chambal area and stinged on DSP rank officer, Indraveer Bhadoria. In which Bhadoria was caught taking bribe on camera. We drove the story and Later it was also run by other channels. But no action was taken against that police officer, “said Rizwan Siddiqui, editor-in-chief of News World. “Sad that despite all these efforts, we could not save Sandeep.”
Family lost after losing son
Sharma started his career as a stringer and worked for Dainik Bhaskar and Patrika, Purohit reported. Revelations on illegal mining in the area made them popular in the area. His sting was later run by reputed publishers and news channels.
His elder brother, Santosh Sharma, who was a youth in the CRPF, was killed four years ago, Purohit said. Santosh was more or less the same. His father Jairam Sharma and mother Narayani Devi are in shock and are in no position to react. His father said that what he feared happened. Sharma is survived by his wife Sunita, two children Rishabh (13) and Abhay (8).
Bhind Police Officer Prashant Khare refrained from talking to the media till Monday afternoon and in the evening spoke of setting up an SIT to investigate the “accident”. “We have formed the SIT to investigate the murder. The incident is unfortunate and the accused will be caught as soon as possible, ”said Khare. They kept on answering any other questions.
Police call it “accident”
However, the police and administration are calling the incident an accident. In a video which is running on social media, Sharma’s bike is running on the left side of the road. The truck coming from behind turned to the left and the bike rider moved forward, taunting the journalist. This place was just 50 meters from the police station.
This incident has been strongly condemned by the journalists. Ganesh Bhardwaj, former district president of the Working Journalists Union, said, “The journalist community is shocked. A meeting has been called in this regard on Tuesday. We are planning to demand a judicial inquiry into it. We will also demand a compensation of ten lakh rupees from the district administration for Sharma’s family, ”said Bhardwaj.
Various political parties such as the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party demonstrated against this murder in the state capital Bhopal. He has demanded the safety of journalists and has also demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter. In Gwalior, many journalists expressed sympathy with Sharma’s family and took out a candle march and demanded action.
Bhind and Morena in Madhya Pradesh are known for illegal mining. A few years ago an IPS officer in Morena was crushed by an illegal stone-laden tractor.