Two Durg based journalists to receive KCK Award of Merit

Two Durg based journalists to receive KCK Award of Merit

Durg, March 17: Team of One journalist and one photo-journalist from Durg to receive International Karpoor Chandra Kulish Merit Award on two investigative stories based at Durg, Chhattisgarh. President of India Pranab Mukherjee would hand over the award in an event scheduled at Constitutional Club, New Delhi. Both the journalists had left for New Delhi.

The two stories were published in English Daily Central Chronicle, based in Raipur in year 2014 regarding the illegal encroachment of tribal land which was carried in series of around 60 news and the second story was in year 2015 regarding the fake facebook posting which unravelled the malicious intention to disturb the communal harmony of Durg city. Both stories had received the Merit award.

Dinesh Kumar

Photo Journalist Gitesh Dewangan

The tribal land encroachment story revealed how few selected white colour rich people had acquired the 17 acres of land owned by late Rajaram based in Durg town. Based on the news, it was found that family members of late Rajaram were residing below poverty line in rented premises. Based on the complaint lodged, Chief Secretary and DGP had ordered inquiry which is under progress.

The second story was of how a minority community youth to take revenge of old enmity had uploaded objectionable comment against Hindu God and Goddess using the facebook ID of another boy of same community. With publication of the news, mainly six in series, the victim was minor boy was released after lifting the NSA sections.

The team had also received the 5th KC Kulish Awards of Merit with Theme: Changemakers for Irregularities plaguing the Engineering Colleges in the state. The summary was irregularities in engineering colleges could not be exposed despite police investigation which colluded with the high and mighty to hush up the matter. Parallel investigation by the newspaper team led to FIR and judicial inquiry into the matter and huge impact.

The team once again received the same award second time for story regarding the fire in a cement factory based at Durg. The two stories published in the newspaper highlighted the possible conspiracy angle between a section of the company officials, a section of the agitators, local police and administrative officials that led to the fire.

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