Naveen Gupta, who had been working as a contributor with the daily Hindustan for eight years, was shot near the Nagar Palika market in Billhaur, about 60 km from Kanpur, around 5:30 pm. The attackers, three to four in number, came on a two-wheeler and shot him while he was coming out of the toilet of his shop. They fled after spraying bullets at him.
Gupta died while he was being taken to a hospital. According to the police, five bullets hit him in his “vital body parts”.
“Journalist Naveen was shot at by 3-4 men while he was sitting in his family’s hosiery shop. We hope to nab the criminals as soon as possible. DM & SSP of Kanpur Nagar are already on the spot. Couple of local police teams formed to crack the case,” said a senior police officer.
The reason for the killing is unclear, police said, adding that top officials were rushed to the crime spot. Forensic experts were also called to gather evidence. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the Director General of Police to personally monitor the situation. A massive search has been launched to catch the attackers and a few persons have been rounded up for questioning, but no arrests were made till late evening.