Scribe murder case: Accused, who ‘attempted’ suicide, dies

An accused in a journalist’s murder, who attempted suicide in the CBI’s custody last week, died here on Monday, police said. Shiv Kumar Vaishnav, admitted to Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital on September 29 after he attempted suicide in CBI custody, died on Tuesday, Raipur police told media. 

Vaishnav and Vikas Bansal, both residents of Gariaband district, were arrested by CBI last week in connection with the murder of Umesh Rajput, who worked for a Hindi daily, on January 23, 2011. 

Rajput had been shot dead by two masked men at his native place Chhura near Gariaband, about 120 km away from here. Vaishnav and Bansal were brought to Raipur on remand by CBI and kept at Police Transit Mess here.

On the morning of September 29, Vaishnav went to the washroom and tried to hang himself from its ceiling, the SP said.
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