Journalist shot at in front of daughters in UP's Ghaziabad, family links attack to molestation complaint
A journalist in UP's Ghaziabad was shot at by unidentified assailant's on Monday night. Journalist Vikram Joshi was riding a bike with his two daughters in city's Vijay Nagar when a group of men assaulted him and opened fire on him. One of the bullets reportedly hit Joshi's head. He was rushed to Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad where his condition is stated to be critical.
Parts of the Incident was captured on a CCTV camera. CCTV footage shows Vikram Joshi on bike with his daughters when a group of men stops him and starts assaulting him. The two children can be seen running away. The assailants then drag Joshi towards a car and hit him before they flee the spot. With Joshi lying in the pool of blood, the older daughter can be seen rushing towards him and screaming for help. The terrified girl sits on the road next to her father, trying to stop vehicles or people passing by. A couple of people can then be seen rushing to the injured man.
The family of the journalist allege that he was attacked in retaliation to a police complaint he recently made regarding harassment of his niece by a group of men. Vikram Joshi's brother Aniket Joshi said the UP journalist had recently filed a written complaint at Vijay Nagar police station regarding molestation with his niece but police apparently took no action.
Speaking with Jagran English, Ghaziabad SSP Kalindhi Naithani said, " So far, five people have been arrested. They have named two more people, we are trying to find them. We require for more inputs regarding their whereabouts," When asked about the police inaction over FIR against the alleged harassers, he said, we are still investigating the matter and would take appropriate action."