‘देशोन्नति’ के मालिक प्रकाश पोहरे ने अपने इंप्लाई की गोली मारकर हत्या की

नागपुर से एक बड़ी खबर है कि मराठी दैनिक देशोन्नति के मालिक और प्रधान संपादक प्रकाश पोहरे ने अपने एक इंप्लाई की गोली मारकर हत्या कर दी. घटना कल शनिवार को शाम साढ़े पांच बजे के करीब हुई. बताया जाता है कि पोहरे और प्रिंटिंग प्रेस यूनिट के कर्मियों के बीच बातचीत चल रही थी. तभी प्रकाश पोहरे ने बैठक में शामिल सेक्युरिटी गार्ड राजेंद्र दौपरे को गोली मार दी.

पोहरे और उनके अखबार के कर्मियों के बीच पुराना झगड़ा चल रहा है. पोहरे ने प्रिंटिंग यूनिट के कई लोगों को अचानक नौकरी से निकाल दिया था जिसके बाद प्रेस में हड़ताल कर दिया गया. इस कारण पोहरे को अखबार दूसरे के प्रिंटिंग प्रेस में छपवाना पड़ रहा था. हड़ताल खत्म करने को लेकर पोहरे और कर्मियों के बीच बातचीत का दौर कल शाम शुरू हुआ.

इस बैठक में पोहरे अपने पांच निजी सुरक्षाकर्मियों को लेकर पहुंचे. मीटिंग के बीच में ही किसी बात पर भड़के पोहरे ने प्रिंटिंग प्रेस के सुरक्षा गार्ड राजेंद्र दौपरे के पेट में गोली मार दी. बाद में उसकी शहर के सरकारी अस्पताल में मौत हो गई. पुलिस ने पोहरे के खिलाफ हत्या का मामला दर्ज कर लिया है. इस पूरे प्रकरण के बारे में कई अखबारों में खबर प्रकाशित हुई है. टाइम्स आफ इंडिया में प्रकाशित खबर इस प्रकार है……..

Newspaper editor shoots worker dead in Nagpur

NAGPUR: An employee of the Marathi daily Deshonnati, which is a leading language paper in the region, died after being shot by its editor-in-chief and owner Prakash Pohare at 5.15pm on Saturday. Rajendra Dupare, a security guard at the paper's printing press unit at Gondkhairi, in the outskirts of the city, and other employees were having a meeting with Pohare when the gruesome incident took place.

Some of the employees had suddenly been asked to quit by Pohare. It resulted in the printing press being shut down since the last month. The paper was being printed in another press. The striking employees were trying to work out a deal with Pohare, who had arrived for the meeting with 5 private security guards, including a gunman.

A scuffle ensued following which Pohare allegedly shot Dupare in the stomach. The security guard died after being brought to the Government Medical College and Hospital in the city.

While the enraged workers alleged that Pohare snatched the gun and fired at Dupare, the editor claimed that he was at least 100 feet away when the incident took place. Police, however, has booked Pohare for murder.

So far, Kalmeshwar police have arrested gunman Harikrishna Dwivedi who is believed to have been in an inebriated condition. Pohare, who fled the scene, is still at large. Outraged by the incident, Deshonnati workers gathered at GMCH and raised slogans for the immediate arrest of Pohare.

According to the employees, around 205 people work at the Deshonnati printing press. Since the last few months, they have been protesting for non-payment of salaries. On September 7, the workers found the printing press shutter closed. Fearing loss of jobs, they staged a protest in front of the printing unit.

On Saturday morning, before staging the protest, the employees even submitted a letter to the cops claiming that Pohare has "threatened" them for protesting and would take "harsh action". "Since he threatened us, we informed the police," said one of the workers.

On Saturday evening around 5pm, Kalmeshwar police inspector S Maitre visited the press. Finding everything to be in order, he left. The firing took place 20 minutes after Maitre returned to the police station.

"Pohare asked Dupare to leave as he had been paid his salary. Later, the security guards too threatened Dupare. We tried to help him and during the tiff Pohare ordered the gunman to fire, which he did while pointing to the ground. Pohare then took the weapon and shot Dupare," said Kamlakar Belekar, an eyewitness and a colleague of Dupare.

Rural SP Manoj Sharma said that the shot was fired from a 12 bore rifle. "Prima facie it's clear that two rounds have been fired. We are investigating whether the rounds were fired by Dwivedi or Pohare," he said.

"I heard the shot being fired and fled from the spot. I immediately informed Manoj Sharma who asked me to leave the scene immediately," said Pohare.

Pohare started Deshonnati in Akola in 1986. The paper is being published from Nagpur since the last 10 years. Known for taking up the case of farmer welfare, Pohare also runs a bank ( Nishant Multi-State Co-operative Bank) and a cable network (Nishant Satellite Communications Network). He was earlier the general secretary of cotton growers' association. A couple of years ago, Pohare was alleged to have abetted the suicide of Deshonnati city reporter Manoj Padmagiri who claimed harassment from the editor in his personal notes.

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