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 ‚Äúvital body parts‚ÄĚ.
“Journalist Naveen was shot at by 3-4 men while he was sitting in his family‚Äôs 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.