New Delhi: A  journalist working with a Hindi news channel was shot dead in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.  The victim Ratan Singh (42) was beaten up before he was killed inside the village head’s residence, which was just 700 metres from his own house. Also Read - No Roadside Pandals, Strict Rules For Ramlila: Durga Puja Set to be Low-key Affair in Uttar Pradesh

Police have arrested six people, including the main accused Arvind Singh, Dinesh Singh and Sunil Singh, in connection with the case. “He was shot dead at the residence of the village head. It’s being told that the victim and the accused had some old dispute. The investigation is underway,” a news portal quoted SP Devendra Nath as saying. Also Read - Lucknow Anti-COVID Guidelines For Malls, Complexes: Entry of Only 'Serious Buyers' Allowed, Safety Gear Mandatory | Read Here

However, Singh’s father has rejected police claim. He said,”There was no dispute at all. A false report has been given to higher-ups in Balia police by Sasmoli police incharge. My son was called on a false pretext. The spot where murder took place is barely 20 steps away from police station.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Shocker: Woman Gangraped on Moving Bus in Meerut; Third Such Incident in a Month

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the deceased Ratan Singh. He has expressed deepest condolences and also directed firm action against the accused.

The incident comes barely a month after a journalist was killed in front of his two daughters in Ghaziabad, after he filed a complaint against them for allegedly harassing his niece.

The slain journalist identified as Vikram Joshi was travelling with his daughters when a group of men surrounded his bike, and started pulling and hitting him. He had suffered a bullet injury on his head after assailants opened fire at him near his residence.