Ranchi, May 15: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today announced a compensation of Rupees five lakh to the family of a news channel journalist who was killed by unidentified persons at Dewaria in Chatra district on May 12, official sources said.Also Read - States Can't Deny Rs 50,000 Ex Gratia If Death Certificate Doesn't Mention Covid, Says Supreme Court

The chief minister has also sought an action-taken report from Director General of Police D K Pandey in connection with the killing of the 35-year-old journalist, Akhilesh Pratap Singh, they said.(ALSO READ:‘Hindustan’ journalist Rajdev Rajan shot dead in Siwan; 2 scribes killed in 24 hours in Bihar and Jharkhand). Also Read - ‘Solace to Many Families’: SC Lauds Centre’s Stand on Providing Compensation to Kin of COVID Victims

Singh was shot dead by unknown persons near Dewaria panchayat secretariat on Thursday night, triggering widespread condemnation of the attacks on journalists across the country.A bandh was observed in Chatra town on May 13 in protest against the killing. Also Read - States To Provide Compensation Of Rs 50,000 To Families Of Covid Victims: Centre Tells SC