About six assailants armed with "sharp weapons" attacked Mohammed Muslimuddin, a correspondent with the vernacular daily Asomiya Pratidin, near his residence in the village of Barpukhuri in northeastern Assam state, according to local news reports. He died of multiple injuries to the head, chest, stomach, and back en route to a hospital in the capital, Guwahati, the reports said.
News reports quoting senior editors at his newspaper said Muslimuddin was targeted for writing about criminal activities, including the illegal drug trade, in the weeks leading up to his murder. His reporting implicated local influential figures and politicians, according to news reports. Local journalists told CPJ that they staged protests throughout the state to call attention to the murder. Three individuals were arrested on April 4 in connection with the killing, according to news reports.
Job: Print Reporter
Beats Covered: Crime
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group
Taken Captive: No