Police on Wednesday filed a murder charge against a man arrested for allegedly mowing down a journalist with his car in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district, an official said.
Several media organizations had demanded an investigation into the death of journalist Shashikant Warishe, alleging that he had written against local land dealer Pandharinath Amberkar, who is reportedly a supporter of the proposed Ratnagiri refinery project.
The organizations alleged that Amberkar crushed the writer’s bicycle under his car at a gas station in Ratnagiri district on Monday. Warishe succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Kolhapur on Tuesday.
The accused (42) was arrested under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police have added Section 302 (Penalty for Murder) to the FIR against Amberkar, the official said. He was held in police custody in Rajapur until February 13.
Police are investigating the exact motive behind the murder.
Earlier members of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Patrakar Parishad had met with Maharashtra Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis and sought an inquiry into Mr Warishe’s death.
The Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemical Project, which was previously proposed to be built in Nanar village in Ratnagiri district of coastal Konkan, was scrapped ahead of the 2019 polls at the urging of BJP’s then alliance partner Shiv Sena .
A Union minister had said last year that the establishment of an oil refinery with a capacity of 60 million tons per annum will be the largest plant in the world and hinted at its revival.
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