Journalists Killed  |  India

M. L. Manchanda

All India Radio

May 18, 1992, in Patiala, India

Manchanda, director of the All India Radio station in Patiala, Punjab, was abducted by members of the militant organization Babbar Khalsa. They demanded that electronic media adhere to a code of conduct, which included broadcasting in the local language of Punjabi rather than Hindi. Negotiations for Manchanda's release broke down after the government failed to meet the deadline set for complying with Babbar Khalsa's demands. On May 27, the militants beheaded the journalist.

Medium: Radio

Job: Producer

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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