A young journalist’s life was lost after his bike was rammed from behind by a car, Venkataraman, a young Indian Administrative Service Officer was inside the car. The mishap took the life of K.M. Basheer, 35 the Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of local daily Sirajin who is a native of Malappuram district in north Kerala. Venkataraman had hogged media limelight for his strong stand in evicting land encroachers in Idukki district last year. Venkataraman tested positive for alcohol consumption at the time of the incident, but he has submitted that he was not at the wheel when the accident happened.

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