NEW DELHI, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- A journalist working with a vernacular daily was shot dead Saturday in India's eastern state of Bihar, officials said.
The killing took place at Sasaram in Rohtash district, about 153 km west of Patna, the capital city of Bihar.
"Today unidentified criminals shot dead Dharmendra Kumar Singh, while having tea at a road side stall at his Amra tola village," a police official said. "The 35-year-old Singh was correspondent of a Hindi daily - Dainik Bhaskar."
Following the attack, the assailants escaped from the spot, eyewitness told media. Police have started investigations to nab the assailants.
Reports said Singh had written articles on illegal stone chips units and quarrying business in Rohtas district.
In May this year, gunmen killed Rajdeo Ranjan, the bureau head of another Hindi-language daily Hindustan in district Siwan of the state.
Last year nine journalists were killed in India, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The Paris-based media watchdog said five of them were killed in the course of their work.
India ranks 133 on the World Press Freedom Index for 2016, released by Reporters Without Borders for 180 countries.
India is becoming a "more dangerous place to practice journalism," says New York based Committee to Protect Journalists.