Navin Nischal, Vijay Singh : Family, colleagues say political leader behind murder, police say accident

Name: Navin Nischal, Vijay Singh

Date of death: March 25, 2018

Brief synopsis: Navin Nischal and Vijay Singh, who worked for Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar, died when an SUV (sports utility vehicle) rammed into their bike in Bhojpur district of Bihar on Sunday night. The incident occurred on the Ara-Sasaram highway under the Garhani police station limits. Mohammed Harsu, husband of former village head Saheeda Pravin, was allegedly driving the SUV at the time of the incident. Police said that Harsu and his companions tried to set the vehicle on fire to destroy any evidence and fled the spot.

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Naveen Nischal and Vijay Singh

According to Nischal’s brother Rajesh Singh, Harsu had had a heated altercation with Nischal over some reports the latter had filed a few days before the incident. Singh filed an FIR against Harsu, his son, Dabloo and four others.

Police Investigation: A special investigation team, led by Ara deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sanjay Kumar, was formed to look into the incident. Harsu was arrested the next day while his son Dabloo surrendered on March 28. Both were booked under Sec 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

Status of Case: In April 2019, Additional district and sessions judge (ADJ-6) Tribhuwan Yadav rejected the bail application of both accused. A fast-track court was to begin the trial but the family is still waiting.

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