Body of journalist found hanging in Jharkhand’s Palamu district

Rameshwar Keshri, who was reportedly connected to some vernacular daily publications as a journalist, was found hanging from a fan at a public health centre in Vishrampur, in the Palamu district of Jharkhand on Wednesday, May 16. Keshri lived in Vishrampur.


Police said that Keshri mostly worked at the training centre for sahiyas (community health workers), in the sub-centre. They are investigating if this was a case of murder. A police officer said that Keshri was at the health centre for work, but that “nobody apparently saw him either being assaulted or attempting to hang himself“. The officer said that Keshri’s body was found hanging with a gamchha, with the legs bent at the knee. DSP (Palamu) Hira Lal Ravi said that that post-mortem would be conducted. According to the DSP, based on what the police know, Keshri worked at the training centre for sahiyas and was also associated with multiple news organisations. 

According to Santosh Srivastava, a journalist in Palamu, Keshri was at the public health centre in relation to a story. Srivastava said Keshri used to work with the Rashtriya Naveen Mail and also worked for the training of sahiyas. The state unit of the Indian Federation of Working Journalists has scheduled an emergency meeting over the incident on Thursday, May 17. 



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