Jaitley condemns murder of journalists in Bihar, Jharkhand

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday condemned the murders of two journalists, one in Bihar and another in Jharkhand, and sought an independent investigation to punish the guilty.

"I strongly condemn murder of journalists Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan and Akhilesh Pratap Singh in Chatra district. Independent investigation may be instituted and guilty be punished," Jaitley posted on Twitter.

Rajdeo Ranjan, the Siwan bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan, which is part of the HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market near Station Road in the district on Friday night.

Four suspects have been detained in connection with his killing.

In the other incident, Indradeo Yadav, also known as Akhilesh Pratap, was gunned down in Jharkhand's Chatra district on Thursday night. He worked as a correspondent for a local TV channel.