A Noida-based journalist, Arpit Parashar (33), died in a tragic accident as he fell to his death from the balcony of his apartment.
A two-time recipient of the Red Ink Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arpit was a contributing writer for the Fountain Inkmagazine. Arpit had been a journalist for over 10 years and had worked with the likes of The Indian Express, Tehelka and an investigative website named ‘Gulail’. Arpit reported stories on crime, injustice and impunity by the government.
Arpit was also an editorial consultant for the four-part HBO documentary Beyond Reasonable Doubt on the Aarushi-Hemraj murders. His book on the Nithari killings was to be published in 2018.
Arpit was found dead at the ground floor of his Sector 51 apartment complex around 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday.
According to an Aaj Tak report, the police have said that his death comes under accidental circumstances or could also be a case of suicide.
Recently, the journalist had written an article on Fountain Ink detailing Uttar Pradesh government’s war on crime, with the shoot-to-kill order that had been reportedly issued by the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
This allegedly led to a fake encounter of a UP farmer Sumit Gurjar, who shared the same name as a wanted criminal.
The encounter is emblematic of the hard approach of the UP police under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and the chest-thumping by tops cops on encounter killings. The Chief Minister, in a speech recently, said criminals who don’t surrender or mend their ways “will be killed (thok diye jaayenge)”Arpit’s Fountain Ink Article
Sumit’s (the farmer) family, meanwhile, has been running from pillar to post to get justice but the response from Noida police and local police has been cold. “They have even been threatened that if they continue to protest, they might be arrested in the future,” says Pratap Gurjar, a relative.Arpit’s Fountain Ink Art