‘Here is evidence’
Posted by Admin on July 6, 2010
Babita, widow of Hemachandra Pandey, the journalist who was killed along with Maoist leader Azad in a fake encounter, weeps during her meeting with home minister Sabita Indra Reddy, right. Also seen is Pandey’s brother Mahesh Pandey.
NEW DELHI: The controversial Adilabad encounter got a fresh twist on Monday with Hemachandra Pandey’s wife and social activists producing documentary evidence to prove his credentials as journalist.Producing web copies of articles that Pandey wrote, his wife Babita has challenged Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand police claim of him not being a journalist but Maoist cadre.“Hemachandra Pandey wrote all his contributions to newspapers with the name Hemant Pandey as a freelance journalist. However, he never hid his identity.
He made legal certificate, affidavit that both names are his,’’ Babita said.Ironically, the latest article Pandey wrote was published on July 2, the day he was killed in an encounter along with CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Cehrukuri Rajkumar alias Azad.The middle piece published in Rashtriya Sahara, a leading national Hindi daily, dealt with the aspect of world food crisis in the light of government policy of selling agricultural land at cheap rates to investors.Interestingly, another article produced as evidence was published in Nai Duniya, whose editor, Alok Mehta, issued a clarification on Saturday saying that “no such person ever contributed or reported for any edition of the paper’’.
The middle piece on the edit page of March 22 edition makes an interesting read as it explores the decreasing intake of pulses by the common man from 27 kg to 11 kg in the last 40 years because of rising prices.The clippings also include several edit page articles written for Dainik Jagran, Sahara Samay, Nai Duniya and Rashtriya Sahara.“As the meagre amount he earned through freelancing was not enough to run the family, he also worked for a paper called Chetana on corporate communications run by a company called DARCL Logistics LTD on regular basis.
He was one of the sub-editors for Chetana at the time of his death,’’ she said producing the Pandey’s salary slip for the month of May.To protest against the `fake encounter’ Babita, through SMS, has asked liberal and democratic people to join the funeral procession of Pandey that will take place in Delhi on July 6. IE