New York, September 22, 2003—
Parmanand Goyal, a journalist with the daily Punjab Kesari
, was shot and killed by three unidentified assailants at his home on September 18 in Kaithal, Haryana, north of the capital, Delhi, according to local press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is investigating the motives behind his murder.
According India's The Tribune
newspaper, Goyal's son Naveen Rinku answered the door at Goyal's home, where three men asked to speak with his father. Rinku told Goyal about the visitors and asked the men to wait in the backyard. The Tribune
reports that Rinku claims to have overheard the men threatening his father to stop writing about a local political figure and the police. Soon after, Goyal was found wounded in the backyard, and his assailants fled the scene. Goyal was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival, according to press reports.