Rs 15 lakh relief for kin of slain Doordarshan cameraman


New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday announced financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh to the next of kin of the DD News cameraman who was killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh.

While Rs 10 lakh would be given as ex gratia by Doordarshan and Rs 5 lakh would be from the Journalist Welfare Fund of the Press Information Bureau, according to an official statement.

Sub-Inspector Rudra Pratap, Assistant Constable Mangalu and Doordarshan (DD) News cameraman Achyutanand Sahu, who hailed from Loisingha in Odisha’s Bolangir district, were killed in a Naxal ambush in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Tuesday.

The Doordarshan Team was moving in Dantewada for pre-election coverage of the Chhattisgarh Assembly polls scheduled for next month, the statement said.

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